Timeline for Events Relating to Minneapolis and 1888

Compiled by Fred Bischoff

(See list of abbreviations at end.)






















































































Individual(s) Involved




1845                                                                                 Go to Top




(Ref. #1) God showed me the following, one year ago this month:--I saw a throne, and on it sat the Father and his Son Jesus Christ. I gazed on Jesus' countenance and admired his lovely person.


(Ref. #2) In February, 1845, I had a vision of events commencing with the Midnight Cry. I saw a throne and on it sat the Father and the Son. I gazed on Jesus' countenance and admired his lovely person.

Letter from Sister Harmon.

Falmouth Mass., Feb., 15, 1846, {DS, March 14, 1846 par. 1}


{Broadside1, April 6, 1846 par. 7}


1850                                                                                 Go to Top


Article "The Laodicean Church"

Joseph Bates

Applies Laodicea to "the nominal Adventist" which became that in 1845 at the Albany conference. He repeated this in {December 1850 JWe, ARSH 23.4, 6, 12} and {August 5, 1851 JWe, ARSH 6.11}, {August 19, 1851 JWe, ARSH 14.1, 2}. James White repeated this in {February 1851 JWe, ARSH 47.6}, and in {July 9, 1851 JWe, ARSH 102.4, 6}

Second Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, Vol. 1, No. 2, November 1850, pp. 7.18 to 8.16


1852                                                                                 Go to Top


Article "To the Brethren and Sisters."/

Ellen G. White

[First mention of Laodicea?]

Many who profess to be looking for the speedy coming of Christ, are becoming conformed to this world, and seek more earnestly the applause of those around them, than the approbation of God. They are cold and formal, like the nominal church, that they but a short time since separated from. The words addressed to the Laodicean Church, describe their present condition perfectly. See Revelation 3:14-20. They are "neither cold nor hot," but "lukewarm." And unless they heed the counsel of the "faithful and True Witness," and zealously repent, and obtain "gold tried in the fire," "white raiment," and "eye-salve," he will spue them out of his mouth. 

{RH, June 10, 1852 par. 2}; in EW this was titled "Hope of the Church"


Letter to Review

J. H. Waggoner

"Many professing faith in the message are in the Laodicean church, and want more of the power of godliness to live their faith before the world." [implies believers in third angel's message are Laodicean]; does James White also allude to this in {October 14, 1852 JWe, ARSH 96.5&6}?

{October 14, 1852 JWe, ARSH 93.26}


1854                                                                                 Go to Top


Book Law of God:  An Examination of the Testimony of Both Testaments

J. H. Waggoner

Uriah Smith in 08/08/1901 letter:  said book taken off the market by James White after the 1856 meeting and EGW's subsequent vision that JHW was wrong saying law in Galatians was only the moral law.

Published at the Review Office, Rochester, NY, 1854


Extract from pp. 70-83, 108, 109 in MMM, pp. 11-15


US 08/08/1901 letter:  MMM305

1856                                                                                 Go to Top


Stephen Pierce travelled from Vermont to Battle Creek to have a study on the law in Galatians

Stephen Pierce

This was in response to J. H. Waggoner's book of 1854. Pierce's view was that the law in Galatians was "the law system". JW, EGW, & US became convinced SP was right and JHW was wrong.

Uriah Smith 08/08/1901 letter (MMM p. 305)


Article "Watchman, What of the Night?"

James White

Very explicit in applying Laodicea to believers in third angel:

"6. Does not the state of the Laodiceans (lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot) fitly illustrate the condition of the body of those who profess the Third Angel's Message?"

{October 9, 1856 UrSe, ARSH 184.7}

1857                                                                                 Go to Top


Editorial Answer to Bro. Merriam's Question Respecting the Law of Gal.iii, in Review No. 3, Vol. x

Stephen Pierce


RH, Vol. X, No. 23, pp. 180, 181


MMM, pp. 16, 17


WOP2, #151530-151557

Check / copy 1857 RH No. 3, Merriam's Questions

1862                                                                                 Go to Top




had vision while having prayer in JNL house for Moses Hull; stone mason next door was Sabbath keeper but not believe in EGW, was called and he couldn't move her finger or arm:  believed

Ref? (hand notes from around end 2007)

1863                                                                                 Go to Top



J. S. Washburn

Born in Waukon, Iowa; xxx is year 1863 or 69?

Review and Herald 08/25/1955, p. 26

Adventist Review 01/26/1989, p. 16

1864                                                                                 Go to Top



James White

"The Seven Times of Lev. xxvi" [Leviticus 26, 2520 time period]--

Is there any prophetic period brought to view at all in Lev. xxvi? We claim that there is not, and will offer a few of what are to us very conclusive reasons for this position: {January 26, 1864 JWe, ARSH 68.2}

{January 26, 1864 JWe, ARSH 68.1 to 12}

1865                                                                                 Go to Top


Vision on Health Reform, Rochester, New York

Ellen G. White

The health reform, I was shown, is a part of the third angel's message and is just as closely connected with it as are the arm and hand with the human body. I saw that we as a people must make an advance move in this great work. Ministers and people must act in concert. God's people are not prepared for the loud cry of the third angel. They have a work to do for themselves which they should not leave for God to do for them. He has left this work for them to do. It is an individual work; one cannot do it for another. "Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." Gluttony is the prevailing sin of this age. Lustful appetite makes slaves of men and women, and beclouds their intellects and stupefies their moral sensibilities to such a degree that the sacred, elevated truths of God's word are not appreciated. The lower propensities have ruled men and women.

In order to be fitted for translation, the people of God must know themselves. They must understand in regard to their own physical frames that they may be able with the psalmist to exclaim: "I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." They should ever have the appetite in subjection to the moral and intellectual organs. The body should be servant to the mind, and not the mind to the body.

Starting 1T 485.2; quoted here {1T 486.2} and {1T 486.3}

1867                                                                                 Go to Top



Ellen White

"The health reform, I was shown, is a part of the third angel's message, and is just as closely connected with it as are the arm and hand with the human body. I saw that we as a people must make an advance move in this great work. Ministers and people must act in concert. God's people are not prepared for the loud cry of the third angel." "In order to be fitted for translation, the people of God must know themselves. They must understand in regard to their own physical frames, that they may be able with the psalmist to exclaim, "I will praise Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." They should ever have the appetite in subjection to the moral and intellectual organs. The body should be servant to the mind, and not the mind to the body."

1T486, 487



Ellen White

"I was shown that if God's people make no efforts on their part, but wait for the refreshing to come upon them and remove their wrongs and correct their errors; if they depend upon that to cleanse them from filthiness of the flesh and spirit, and fit them to engage in the loud cry of the third angel, they will be found wanting."


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Ellen White

"The last message of mercy is now going forth. It is a token of the long-suffering and compassion of God. Come, is the invitation now given. Come, for all things are now ready. This is mercy's last call. Next will come the vengeance of an offended God."

2T255; cf. 1895

1874                                                                                 Go to Top



Leading Doctrines of R&H

Uriah Smith

No mention of justification by faith (compare as well the 1877 Bible Institute by James White and Uriah Smith, and Uriah Smith's Synopsis of the Present Truth; the latter has one reference only to the baptized believer who has "come to Christ for pardon and justification through his precious blood." p. 287 (1884)

Mentioned 2/21/03 at Moreno Valley by Jack Sequeira; check original reference

1879                                                                                 Go to Top



Pamphlet "Testimony for the Physicians and Helpers of the Sanitarium"



But notwithstanding all this, there have been families who have worked against him, and against the Sanitarium because he acted so prominent a part there. Between these individuals and the Kellogg family there has long existed a feeling of enmity,--a root of bitterness, whereby many have been defiled. Some have even stooped to circulate unfavorable reports, and to indulge in contemptible gossiping, all of which has borne its burden of poisonous fruit. 

[Many more details re JHK, relation to James White, etc., such as--]

There are individuals who are watching with eagle eyes for his haltings, and all the more intently because of the efforts that have been made by my husband and myself to counteract the influence which was working against him, and to place him in the confidence of our people everywhere. Some have not given up their feelings of suspicion, but have been watching to see Dr. Kellogg make mistakes which shall prove our confidence in him to have been misplaced. When any reproof is given to the Sanitarium, there is in some hearts a throb of joyful triumph; and those who have cherished prejudice, feel a new assurance that they are in the right. God is in no way pleased with this spirit. These feelings are more satanic than divine. If those who complain of the Doctor were one-half as self-sacrificing as he has been, if they would accomplish one-half as much good as he has accomplished, their course would be more pleasing to God than it now is. 

{PH100 17.2}














{PH100 19.1}

1882                                                                                 Go to Top



Pamphlet "Special Testimony to the Battle Creek Church"


The suspicions, the dark hints, the venom, the bitterness that has existed against Dr. Kellogg will be put in more active operation. Thus I have seen.

{PH155 18.1} (also p. 20)

1884                                                                                 Go to Top



Series of 10 articles in ST begun on law and gospel

E. J. Waggoner

First time Waggoner put in writing his views on law and gospel.

ST, Vol. 10, No. 24, June 19, 1884; concluded Vol. 10, No. 36, September 18, 1884 (noted in Calvary at Sinai, Paul Penno manuscript, 2001, p. 34)


Letter to Uriah Smith


Problems of divergent views:


God is raising up a class to give the loud cry of the third angel's message. "Of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them" (Acts 20:30). It is Satan's object now to get up new theories to divert the mind from the true and genuine message for this time. He stirs up minds to give false interpretations of Scripture, a spurious loud cry, that the real message will not have its effect when it does come. This is one of the greatest evidences that the loud cry will soon be heard and the earth will be lightened with the glory of God.


[Is it a mere coincidence that EJW began his first writing on the law and gospel 8 days previous?]

20MR 357.1

1885                                                                                 Go to Top



Conversation with E. J. Waggoner Spring of 1885

W. C. White

E. J. Waggoner was concerned about "the apparent necessity of taking positions while pursuing his editorial work that would be in conflict with" others. WCW replied that "the editors of the Signs should teach what they believed to be truth, if it did conflict…."

In letter from WCW to Dan T. Jones April 8, 1890; referenced in Calvary at Sinai, Paul Penno manuscript 2001, p. 36.


Sabbath School Lessons in ST

E. J. Waggoner

Series "The Inheritance of the Saints" covered promises to Abraham

ST, Vol. 11, No 11 ff (March 12, 1885 onward) referenced in Calvary at Sinai, Paul Penno manuscript 2001, p. 37.


Left Boston for Europe





Letter to G. I. Butler


"O that the Lord might guide you. You should never in a single instance allow hearsay to move you to action, and yet you have sometimes done this. Never take action to narrow and circumscribe the work unless you know that you are moved to do so by the Spirit of the Lord. Our people are doing work for foreign missions, but there are home missions that need their help just as much as these foreign missions. We should make efforts to show our people the wants of the cause of God, and to open before them the need of using means that God has entrusted to them to advance the work of the Master both at home and abroad. Unless those who can help in New York are roused to a sense of their duty, they will not recognize the work of God when the loud cry of the third angel shall be heard. When light goes forth to lighten the earth, instead of coming up to the help of the Lord, they will want to bind about his work to meet their narrow ideas. Let me tell you that the Lord will work in this last work in a manner very much out of the common order of things, and in a way that will be contrary to any human planning. There will be those among us who will always want to control the work of God, to dictate even what movements shall be made when the work goes forward under the direction of the angel who joins the third angel in the message to be given to the world. God will use ways and means by which it will be seen that he is taking the reins in his own hands. The workers will be surprised by the simple means that he will use to bring about and perfect his work of righteousness. Those who are accounted good workers will need to draw nigh to God, they will need the divine touch. They will need to drink more deeply and continuously at the fountain of living water, in order that they may discern God's work at every point. Workers may make mistakes, but you should give them an opportunity to learn caution by leaving the work in their hands.

{PC 381.1}; Letter 23, 1885


Letter to W. C. White


From "Gytteborg, Sweden"; leaving Scandanavia. (pp. 1-3). Many pages "in regard to matters in Healdsburg" (3.5) (called "revival" (5.0)--"some men of large experience think little of their sins and much of their virtues" (4.1); "I find myself pondering the Healdburg church and its revival and the condemnation of it with a sadness I cannot express by pen or voice." (5.0) "Elder Daniels might not be perfect...." "spirit to denounce and condemn so readily"(5.1); "the letter of Brother Jones to W. C. White and this is all the light I now have about the management of matters at Healdsburg" (5.2) [search online of WCW Letter file found none fall of 1885 from Jones to WCW]; "a good work was begun in Healdsburg" (6.1); "it is high time that revivals similar to the one that has stirred the church in Healdsburg should come to every Seventh-day Adventist church in our land, else the church will not be prepared to receive the latter rain" (6.3); "If there is a true, there will be, most assuredly, a counterfeit" (7.1) "Why I dwell so much on this now is because there will be most remarkable movements of the Spirit of God in the churches, if we are the people of God. And my brethren may arise and in their sense of paring everything done after their style, lay their hand upon God's working and forbid it." (7.2) "Your management alarms me." (8.1); "The Lord's people are in the great day of atonement and just such a work as is reported being done in Healdsburg will go to every church in our land." (9.1) "We are in the antitypical day of atonement." (10.2 & 3) "How my brethren dared to take the position they have done in regard to the work at Healdsburg I cannot conjecture, only as that their discernment and wisdom has departed from them. If such a work comes to us, how dare we to pronounce against it because we see that the instrument is only a fallible, erring man? How did you know but that the angels of God had come in to work although man may take the glory to himself. My earnest, agonizing prayers have been that just such a manifestation of God's power would come to this people. At such a time there will be those who will not be moved, who will pick up everything that looks objectionable and present these and discard the whole. Now if there were those who had the burden if they had gone to Healdsburg not to condemn, but to rejoice if they could see fruits that God was at work...." (12.1)

Unpublished Letter 35, 1885 (see file "EGWLetter351885.doc"


Articles in ST on Law and Gospel

E. J. Waggoner

Not a series, but many articles appeared starting on this date in ST

ST, Vol. 11, No. 45 (November 26, 1885) referenced in Calvary at Sinai, Paul Penno manuscript 2001, p. 41.

1886                                                                                 Go to Top



New Periodical The Gospel Sickle began

Uriah Smith

Editorial Committee:  Uriah Smith, G. I. Butler, W. H. Littlejohn, D. M. Canright, R. F. Cottrell

Referenced in Calvary at Sinai, Paul Penno manuscript 2001, p. 42.


Letter to Harmons


Revival at Healdsburg GET DETAILS

21MR329.1->33.15 entire letter


Series on Law

D. M. Canright

"The Law to the Gentiles". Dispensational understanding.

Gospel Sickle, Vol. 1, February 15, 1886 to June 1, 1886; referenced in Calvary at Sinai, Paul Penno manuscript 2001, p. 44.

1886/04/01 to 1886/07/31

Sabbath School Lessons on the Law

E. J. Waggoner

Authored the lessons; published in The Youth Instructor.

Referenced in Calvary at Sinai, Paul Penno manuscript 2001, p. 49.


Letter to ATJ, JNL, EJW, JHW


Entitled, "Fanaticism May Accompany a Genuine Revival" re Revival at Healdsburg GET DETAILS

21MR, p. 147.1->149.3 entire letter

Letter 76, 1886


Article The Two Laws

O. A. Johnson


RH, Vol. 63, No. 15, pp. 226, 227


Letter to EGW

G.I. Butler

Spoke of J. H. Waggoner's negative influence on E. J. Waggoner and A. T. Jones

Referenced in Calvary at Sinai, Paul Penno manuscript 2001, p. 45, 46.


Letter to EGW

G. I. Butler

More about problems of "the laborers on the Pacific coast" showing "a kind of legal, critical, machinery spirit".

Referenced in Calvary at Sinai, Paul Penno manuscript 2001, p. 46.


Letter to EGW

G. I. Butler

• Minority: JHW, EJW, ATJ; college at Healdsburg, Signs; added law, law which is our schoolmaster = moral law of commandments

• Majority:   = ceremonial law; including "your husband, Elder Smith, Canright, and myself"

• "I heard it intimated years ago that you had light concerning the added law"

• "Would be a most bitter pill to many of our leading brethren to be compelled to see the idea ... that the law which was added because of transgression was the moral law itself."

MMM, pp. 18, 19

1886/07/08, 07/15, 07/22, 07/29, 08/05, 08/12, 08/19, 08/26, 09/02

Editorial Series Comments on Galatians 3

E. J. Waggoner

Per Penno, this was Waggoner's "first comprehensive exposition he had published on Galatians 3."

ST, Vol. 12:

No. 26, p. 406 (No. 1)

No. 27, p. 422 (No. 2)

No. 28, p. 438 (No. 3)

No. 29, p. 454 (No. 4)

No. 30, p. 470 (No. 5)

No. 31, p. 486 (No. 6)

No. 32, p. 502 (No. 7)

No. 33, p. 518 (No. 8)

No. 34, p. 534 (No. 9)


Nos. 8 & 9 in MMM, pp. 27-29

Referenced in Calvary at Sinai, Paul Penno manuscript 2001, p. 49ff.


Letter to EGW

G. I. Butler

• Articles in Signs, SS lessons on law in Galatians

• "in debate from the beginning of the Cause"

• "father Stephen Pierce" came "to Battle Creek under a great burden"

• "I feel impressed to write a brief comment on the Epistle to the Galatians with reference to the question, What Law, is the principle subject"

• "It would be quite a shock to me, after studying the question so long and having it seem so clear to me, if it should be shown to you the position I hold was wrong. But I feel sure I would accept it" [contrast 3/31/87 letter]

• "Let me hear from you on this"

MMM, pp. 21-23


Letter to G. I. Butler


Regarding J. H. Waggoner's adultery problems with a Mrs. Chittenden:

The persistency in Elder Waggoner to accept and claim Mrs. Chittenden as his--what shall I call it--his affinity? What is this? Who can name it? Is Elder Waggoner one who has hated the light God has given him, showing that his preferences for Mrs. Chittenden's society and his intimacy with her, was sinful as in the light of the Word of God? Or did he accept the message and act upon it?

Notwithstanding, I went to Elder Waggoner with the testimony given me of God, yet he did not reform. His course has said, "I will do as I please in the matter; there is no sin in it." He promised before God what he would do, but he broke his promise, made to Brother C. H. Jones, W. C. White, and myself, and his feelings did not decidedly change; but he seemed to act like a man bewitched, under the spell of the devil, who had no power over his own inclinations. Notwithstanding all the light given, he has evidenced no real conviction or sense of sin, no repentance, no reformation. Hearts have ached sorely over this state of things, but they had no power to change his heart or his purposes.  {21MR 378.4}

Quote:  {21MR 378.3, 4}; 21MR378-387

Letter 51, 1886.

Note this 1913 Webster definition of "affinity":  6. (Spiritualism) A superior spiritual relationship of attraction held to exist sometimes between persons, esp. persons of the opposite sex; also, the man or woman who exerts such psychical or spiritual attraction.




[Compare 1886/11/11 sermon; and compare to what Uriah Smith wrote about how fall came and how return comes:]

"Did they not lose by their transgression? And by obedience we shall regain that which was lost."

Manuscript 80, 1886, 9MR250




"Whom Are We Following?" [Compare 1886/09/21 sermon; and compare to what Uriah Smith wrote about how fall came and how return comes:]


The young man came to Christ and asked, "What good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?" The answer was, "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments" [Matt. 19;16, 17]. The same answer was given to the lawyer, and the lawyer told Him that the law told him to "love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself." And Christ said unto him, "Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live" [Luke 10:27, 28]. So you have the whole duty laid down, and that is to keep the commandments if you expect to have eternal life. What was lost through Adam by disobedience must be brought back by obedience.  {5MR 260.1}

Ms 38, 1886, pp. 1-6; 5MR260


Article "The Two Laws compared"


Tied ceremonial law to Gal. 3:19, 29-35; 5:1

Gospel Sickle, Vol. 1, No. 20 (November 15, 1886), p. 158; referenced in Calvary at Sinai, Paul Penno manuscript 2001, p. 48.


Letter to EGW

G. I. Butler

• "We expect to call our good Signs brethren to an account for the way they have done in reference to .. the law in Galatians"

MMM, p. 30


Booklet The Law in the Book of Galatians (Is it the Moral Law, or Does It Refer to that System of Laws Peculiarly Jewish?)

G. I. Butler

Butler's booklet on the law was distributed to the delegates who attended the 25th General Conference Session, Battle Creek, Nov. 18 to Dec. 6.

Butler booklet:  1888, p. 32

Review and Herald Publishing House, Battle Creek, Michigan


Extract of pp. 3-7, 42-53, 84, 85 in MMM pp. 31-41

(GC Reference:  EGWE, p. 247)

1886/11/18 to 12/06

General Conference Session in Battle Creek


EGW shown this "was a terrible conference"; but law and gospel would lighten the earth

EGW shown regarding it:  1888, p. 93; cf. p. 96, 165, 179, 180, 211, 223; law and gospel:  p. 166 (see 11/1888 Ms 15)


Letter to EGW

G. I. Butler

• "the course of the Signs concerning the law in Galatians and its attack upon the position always held by all Adventists, on the two [ten?] kingdoms, for 40 years. I have written you on this subject heretofore, to which you have never made reply."

• "We have been waiting for years to hear from you on the subject"

• "I furnished it to our delegates and leading ministers."

• "The theological committee was ordered.... Elder Haskell was chosen as chairman.... Four--Haskell, Whitney, Wilcox and Waggoner in favor of the Signs position--five, Smith, Canright, Covert, J. H. Morrison, and self opposed."

• "taken and spread before the world [in Signs]", "but it must not be even hinted at in public [in GC action]"

• "pretty near taken the heart all out of me", "office and bearing such heavy responsibilities is more than I can endure"

MMM, pp. 42-44


Letter to EGW

G. I. Butler

• Signs "publishing things that were opposed to the principles of our faith, disputed points, etc."

MMM, pp.45, 46

1887                                                                                 Go to Top



Booklet The Gospel in Galatians


Wrote the treatise as a private response to G. I. Butler. Not published until 1888 in Oakland.

Oakland, CA (Publisher?, not in LOA facsimile)


Letter to E. J. Waggoner and A. T. Jones


from Basel Switzerland; DESCRIBE, INCLUDE can't find what she wrote to JHW re law, but his response

Lt 37, 1887


1888 pp. 21-31


Letter to EGW

G. I. Butler

• received her letter of 3/16 with copies of letters to EJW and ATJ (letter 37, 1887, 1888, p. 21, written 2/18/87) -> "did me much good and greatly relieved my mind"

• "Views were being taught by them [ATJ & EJW] which I CANNOT believe to be the truth. If those views were to be sustained, I confess I shall never know what to believe and I think it would close up my ever trying to write anything on doctrine.... It would finish me on that score and even in regard to my knowing the leading of the Spirit.... It is not a slight matter with me...."

• "I wrote to you several times, but got no reply."

• "Dr. W. came on to the Conference, fully armed for the fray, and was sustained so fully by" SNH, B. L. Whiney, Wilcox; "the Dr. went home feeling that he was sustained and that he had really carried his point"

• ATJ = "man of good spirit"

• EJW = "some of his father's qualities", "the Waggoner stamp", "mixture of egotism, criticism, and sharpness"

• "your statement... 'that his position on the Law was incorrect'", "very satisfactory to me"

• "If our people knew that you had light that the Moral Law was not the added law, the question would be settled in short order."

MMM, pp. 68-70


Contrast " I shall never know what to believe" with 1886/8/23 letter; also EGW re "if this is not the truth, I do not know how we can know what is truth", 1889/04 letter to W. C. White.


Also contrast "that you had light that the Moral Law was not the added law" with 1896/06/06 letter to Uriah Smith.


Letter entitled Giving Exposure to Differing Doctrinal Viewpoints; Disapproval of D. M. Canright's Actions to G. I. Butler and Uriah Smith


from Basel Switzerland

• mentioning an article in the Review that pained her, and Butler's pamphlet on the law; • "I am troubled; for the life of me I cannot remember that which I have been shown in reference to the two laws. I cannot remember what the caution and warning referred to were that were given to Elder [J. H.] Waggoner. It may be that it was a caution not to make his ideas prominent at that time, for there was great danger of disunion." (p. 32)

• "Now, I do not wish the letters that I have sent to you should be used in a way that you will take it for granted that your ideas are all correct and Dr. Waggoner's and Elder Jones's are all wrong." (p. 32)

• "The matter now has been brought so fully before the people by yourself as well as Dr. Waggoner, that it must be met fairly and squarely in open discussion.... I believe now that nothing can be done but open discussion. You circulated your pamphlet; now it is only fair that Dr. Waggoner should have just as fair a chance as you have had." (p. 35)

Lt 13, 1887


1888, pp. 32-36


NOTE:  no reference in EGW CD-ROM to "added law" outside letter to ATJ and EJW




Arrived in New York on return from 2 year stay in Europe



3Bio, p. 373


General Conference Session


Oakland, CA

3Bio, p. 376

1888                                                                                 Go to Top



Arrival in Battle Creek

P. T. Magan

Age 20 (born 1867/11/13)

For God and CME, p. 27


Letter to SNH


At the commencement of the Sabbath A. T. Jones was with us. We had a refreshing from the presence of the Lord. Our hearts were melted into tenderness, and the subduing Spirit of the Lord was in our midst....

Brother A. T. Jones speaks every Sunday night on the signs of the times and the lawmaking powers who are trying to exalt Sunday. 

Letter 25, 1888; 21MR323, 324


Recommendation to Battle Creek College Board

General Conference Committee

Recommended that A. T. Jones be appointed as Bible teacher

Ministry, February 2003, p. 5


Declined to call A. T. Jones

Battle Creek College Board

In response to the General Conference Committee recommendation; "lengthy discussion"; "No formal action was taken."

BCC Board Minutes, referenced in Ministry, February 2003, pp. 5, 9


Letter To Brethren Who Shall Assemble in General Conference


from Healdsburg, California; SOME HIGHLIGHTS

Lt 20, 1888


1888 pp. 38-46


Letter to G. I. Butler


• "For our brethren who hold different views to sit down together in a kind and Christian spirit and patiently hear each other present their views, would, I believe, by the blessing of God result in a more intelligent and permanent unity than any other plan." (p. 76)

• "If we should use our influence to discourage criticism and investigation, and refer all investigations to certain books as standard authority, would we not be taking a position somewhat similar to those who settle their controversies by reference to a creed which their church has adopted." (p. 76)

MMM, pp. 75, 76


Manuscript Engaging in Worldly Speculation


reference to spiritual preparation for meetings at Minneapolis (see p. 55 in 1888)

Ms 2, 1888


1888 pp. 47-65

1888/10/01 (Monday)


G. I. Butler to EGW

41 page from Battle Creek; see response from EGW on 10/14; see also EGW reference to Butler's "telegrams and long letters" sent to Minneapolis (1888 p. 187); G. I. Butler was absent from the Institute and the Session; in this letter he reviews the history of the Galatians controversy, and blaming her and others for his illness (see extracts following)

MMM pp. 77-118

1888/10/02 (Tuesday)

Left by train from Oakland for Minneapolis



1888, p. 203

1888/10/09 (Tuesday)

Letter to Mary White


from Minneapolis;

"Elder Butler has sent me a long letter, a most curious production of accusations and charges against me, but these things do not move me." (p. 66)

"Elder Smith and Butler are very loathe to have anything said upon the law in Galatians, but I cannot see how it can be avoided. We must take the Bible as our standard and we must diligently search its pages for light and evidences of truth." (p. 67)

Lt 81, 1888


1888 pp. 66-68






1888/10/10 (Wednesday)

Ministerial Institute began 2:30 p.m., with about 100 ministers present


(Workers' Meeting/ Ministerial Institute was held Wednesday 10/10 to Wednesday 10/17)

3Bio, p. 391

1888/10/11 (Thursday)

Morning Talk at Minneapolis entitled A Living Connection With God



Ms 6, 1888


1888 pp. 69-73

1888/10/12 (Friday)





1888/10/13 (Sabbath)

Sabbath Afternoon Sermon at Minneapolis



Ms 7, 1888


1888 pp. 74-84

1888/10/14 (Sunday)

Letter from Minneapolis entitled Warnings against Jealousy and Misjudging; A Defense of Dr. Kellogg to G. I. Butler


21-page letter is in response to his 10/01 letter; she starts, "I have read your letter with surprise....". She said he had "made grave charges against me in your letter...." (p. 96). (see extracts below)

Lt 21, 1888


1888 pp. 85-106

1888/10/15 (Monday)

Letter from Minneapolis entitled General Interest of the Cause to G. I. Butler


Second letter to Butler from Minneapolis; began letter at 2:30 a.m.

• "There are some minds which do not grow with the work…" (p. 108)

• "The weary, worn minds of all the older brethren do not take in the greatness of the work…." (p. 109)

• "The efforts made here to close every avenue to light and truth which is supposed to disagree with the opinions of some leading men, are very unreasonable." (p. 113)

(see more extracts below)

Lt 21a, 1888


1888 pp. 107-116

1888/10/16 (Tuesday)



"The Knowledge of Christ and Self Leads to Humility"







1888/10/17 (Wednesday)

GC Session


The Twenty-seventh Annual Session of the General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists began at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Minneapolis, Minn., at 9:30 a. m., Oct. 17, 1888, being called to order by Elder U. Smith, secretary of the conference, the President being detained at home by sickness.

GCBD88 page 0001 paragraph 1


1888/10/17 (Wednesday)

Ten Horns in Daniel 7

Uriah Smith

At 10:30 a. m., Elder Uriah Smith discussed the question of the ten horns of the fourth beast of Daniel vii., the speaker taking the position of that the Huns were one of the ten kingdoms into which Rome was divided.  Some held that Allemanni should be counted as one of the ten kingdoms instead of the Huns.  A spirited discussion was held at the conclusion of the remarks, in which a number of the delegates participated.  At the close of the discussion it was voted that, taking all the light we have received, and all the reference given, we will faithfully and carefully study this question, praying that the spirit may guide us into the truth.

It was also voted that the chair appoint a committee of seven to devise a plan by which those who think they have received light on any point, may present it to the denomination.

GCBD88 page 0001 paragraph 44

GCBD88 page 0002 paragraph 1

1888/10/17 (Wednesday)

Law of God and Gospel of Christ

E. J. Waggoner

At 2:30 p. m. Elder E. J. Waggoner discussed the question of the law of God and its relation to the Gospel of Christ.  The discussion was based principally on the Epistle to the Romans.

GCBD88 page 0002 paragraph 2

1888/10/18 (Thursday)

"Lesson on the law and gospel"

E. J. Waggoner

At 9 a. m. Elder E. J. Waggoner gave another lesson on the law and gospel.  In this lesson the first and second chapters of Galatians, in connection with Acts 15, were partially presented by him to show that the same harmony existed there as elsewhere; that the key to the book was "justification by faith in Christ," with the emphasis on the latter word; that liberty in Christ was always freedom from sin, and that separation from Christ to some other means of justification always brought bondage.  He stated incidentally that "the law of Moses" and "the law of God" were not distinctive terms as applied to the ceremonial and moral laws, and cited Num.xv.,22-24, and Luke ii.,23-24, as proof.  He closed at 10:15 by asking those present to compare Acts xv.,7-11, with Rom.iii.,20-25.  Appeals were made by Brother Waggoner and Sister White to the brethren, old and young, to seek God, put away all spirit of prejudice and opposition, and strive to come into the unity of faith in the bonds of brotherly love.

GCBD88 page 0002 paragraph 11

1888/10/18 (Thursday)

Morning Talk at Minneapolis entitled The Need of Advancement


(GC Session was Wednesday 10/17 to Sunday 11/04)



1888 pp. 117, 118

1888/10/19 (Friday)

Lesson on the law and gospel

E. J. Waggoner

At 9 a. m. Elder Waggoner continued his lessons on the law and gospel.  The Scriptures considered were the fifteenth chapter of Acts and the second and third of Galatians, compared with Romans iv. and other passages in Romans.  His purpose was to show that the real point of controversy was justification by faith in Christ, which faith is reckoned to us as to Abraham, for righteousness.  The covenant and promises to Abraham are the covenant and promises to us.

GCBD88 page 0004 paragraph 1

1888/10/19 (Friday)

Morning Talk at Minneapolis entitled Have Light in Yourselves



ST 11/11/89


1888 pp. 119, 120

1888/10/20 (Sabbath)

Sabbath Talk at Minneapolis entitled Advancing in Christian Experience



Ms 8, 1888


1888 pp. 121-128

1888/10/21 (Sunday)

Sermon at Minneapolis entitled A Chosen People



Ms 17, 1888


1888 pp. 129-131

1888/10/21 (Sunday)

Talk to ministers at Minneapolis entitled Counsel to Ministers



Ms 8a, 1888


1888 pp. 132-145

1888/10/22 (Monday)


G. I. Butler

The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved after which a portion of a letter from Elder George I. Butler, the president, was read by the secretary.  The condition of Elder Butler's health was reported by himself to be somewhat improved.

GCBD88 page 0011 paragraph 2

1888/10/23 (Tuesday)

Discussion on temperance and religious liberty

GC Session

Resolved, That while we pledge ourselves to labor earnestly and zealously for the prohibition of the liquor traffic, we hereby utter an earnest protest against connecting with the temperance movement any legislation which discriminates in favor of any religious class or institution, or which tends to the infringement of anybody's religious liberty, and that we cannot sustain or encourage any temperance party or any other organization which endorses or favors such legislation.


On the fourth resolution A. T. Robinson asked whether it is proper to support the temperance party where exemption is made in our favor?  Should we in states where nothing is said on the Sunday question? G. B. Starr said we ought not to favor any religious institution even though exemptions are made, and cited Illinois legislation in its favor.

A. T. Jones said that prohibition straight we could support, but the "third party" is not prohibition, it is national reform.

R. A. Underwood, E. J. Waggoner, D. E. Lindsey, S. H. Lane, W. N. Hyatt, M. C. Wilcox, Wm. Covert, E. W. Farnsworth, J. M. Rees, C. P. Rees, G. G. Rupert, and Capt. Eldridges spoke to the question.  All were agreed that religious legislation should be opposed wherein and wherever we found it.

GCBD88 page 0015 paragraph 11

GCBD88 page 0016 paragraphs 6-9

1888/10/23 (Tuesday)

Talk at Minneapolis entitled Remarks on Missionary Work



Ms 10, 1888


1888 pp. 146-150

1888/10/23 (Tuesday)

Article "The Privilege of God's People"




1888/10/24 (Wednesday)

Morning Talk at Minneapolis


She describes the setting of this talk later in December (see 1888 p. 225), calling it "some plain things to say to my brethren", "a message of reproof and warning".

Ms 9, 1888


1888 pp. 151-153

1888/10/24 (Wednesday)

Letter of Resignation

G. I. Butler

The regular business of the Conference was suspended to listen to a letter from Elder G. I. Butler, the President, who declined bearing any more heavy responsibilities the coming year on account of his health.  It would be much better for him to rest awhile.  He has been president for thirteen years, and regretted leaving the work to which he had consecrated his life, but his health was such that he could not bear responsibilities at present; and he thought it would be better for his future labors to lay aside the burdens for a time.

GCBD88 page 0018 paragraph 5

1888/10/24 (Wednesday)

Resolutions on Religious Liberty

GC Session

WHEREAS, We see in the fast increasing strength and influence of the National Reform Party a menace to religious freedom in this country, and also a proof of the correctness of our positions, and

WHEREAS, Many are not aware of the results which will follow when this party shall secure its aims; therefore,

8.  Resolved, That we will awake to the importance of this question, and will put forth greater exertions to scatter the light of Bible truth upon it by circulating the American Sentinel and other literature of a similar nature.

9.  Further Resolved, That we believe it to be the solemn duty of our ministers and laborers to qualify themselves to present the correct views of the relationship between religion and the state in their labors everywhere.

WHEREAS, Many have not the books of reference necessary to obtain full information on the subject of National Reform, and,

WHEREAS, We deem the instruction given on this subject by Eld. A. T. Jones very important; therefore,

10.  Resolved, That we request that the same, or the principal part of it, be furnished in pamphlet form.

Moved and seconded that the resolutions be adopted by acting on each one separately.

The eighth resolution was passed without discussion.

The ninth resolution was discussed by E. J. Waggoner, A. T. Jones, R. A. Underwood, and others, who urged the importance of the resolution.  It was unanimously carried.

The tenth resolution was discussed by A. T. Jones and others, and carried unanimously.

GCBD88 page 0018 paragraphs 11-14

GCBD88 page 0019 paragraphs 1-7

1888/10/24 (Wednesday)

Resolution on December Week of Prayer

GC Session

1.  That Dec. 15-22, 1888, be set apart by all our churches as a week of prayer.

GCBD88 page 0019 paragraph 11

1888/10/25 (Thursday)

Lectures on "Justification by faith"

E. J. Waggoner

A series of instructive lectures has been given on "Justification by faith" by Eld. E. J. Waggoner.  The closing one was given this morning.  With the foundation principles all are agreed, but there are some differences in regard to the interpretation of several passages.  The lectures have tended to a more thorough investigation of the truth, and it is hoped that the unity of the faith will be reached on this important question.

GCBD88 page 0024 paragraph 6

1888/10/25 (Thursday)

Lecture on "Church and state"

A. T. Jones

Eld. A. T. Jones has given his closing lecture on church and state, the principles which underlie such union, and their development in the Roman Empire, resulting in the setting up of the Papacy.  He showed that the pagan idea of religion and state was that the state was supreme, guiding and controlling religion or the church to its own end.  The Papal idea was that the church is supreme, guiding and controlling the state to its own end.  The true principle is that enunciated by Christ, "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's," a principle found in our own Declaration of Independence.  These lectures will probably be published.

GCBD88 page 0024 paragraph 7    

1888/10/25 (Thursday)

Early morning devotional meetings


Among the most interesting and important meetings, are the early morning devotional meetings.  The exhortations of Sr. White have been most cheering, as she has presented the love of Christ and his willingness to help.  That he is waiting to pour out of his spirit upon his people in abundant measure.  One important thing in the cause of Christ is to be connected with Christ.

GCBD88 page 0024 paragraph 8

1888/10/26 (Friday)





1888/10/27 (Sabbath)





1888/10/28 (Sunday)





1888/10/29 (Monday)





1888/10/30 (Tuesday)

Item from report of committee on distribution of labor

GC Session

30.  That A. T. Jones, if the way opens to do so, visit Boston, Chicago and other points, where local conferences secure suitable places to reach the masses of the people, and present the subject of religious liberty.

GCBD88 page 0031 paragraph 34

1888/10/30 (Tuesday)

Article "The Co-operation of Man With God"




1888/10/31 (Wednesday)

Resolution of GC Session regarding the Blair bill

A. T. Jones

Resolved, That this conference appoint a delegation of three, of which Elder A. T. Jones shall be one, to appear before the senate committee on education and labor, at the next session of congress, and in the interests of religious liberty, to use every reasonable effort to secure the defeat of the Blair bill.

GCBD88 page 0037 paragraph 17


Manuscript entitled Remarks After Reading an Article Written Before Coming to the Conference


Our need for spiritual maturity and hearts melted by the love of Christ during this time of the cleansing of the sanctuary

Ms 26, 1888


1888 pp. 154-162

1888/11/01 (Thursday)





1888/11/02 (Friday)





1888/11/03 (Sabbath)






Manuscript entitled A Call to a Deeper Study of the Word

EGW to Brethren Assembled at General Conference

Written at Minneapolis, mentioning the precious light EJW brought, and the enmity against him. Also referred to the law in Galatians, reservations regarding EJW's position. But she recalled that the angel told her in 1886, regarding the law and the gospel, that "this message ... will lighten the earth with its glory." (p. 166)

Ms 15, 1888


1888 pp. 163-175


Manuscript entitled The Inspiration of the Word of God


In 1SM18.4 says "written in Minneapolis, Minn., in the autumn of 1888. When were GIB's articles on inspiration written? Noting 4/15/07 that this is a powerful critique of Ratzinger's Sept. 12, 2006 speech on "Faith, Reason, and the University" in which he argues for an encounter and synthesis of "biblical faith" and "Greek thought" (see file "GreekChristianSynthesis.doc"), asserts that the LXX was "more than a simple ... translation of the Hebrew text:  it is an independent textual witness and a distinct and important step in the history of revelation, one which brought about this encounter in a way that was decisive for the birth and spread of Christianity," and deplores the "dehellinization of Christianity" seen first in the Reformation with its sola scriptura premise.

Ms 16, 1888


(1SM15.3 - 18.4); see file "1888Ms16.doc"


Distressing Experiences of 1888


(Handwritten on the manuscript:  "Probably written at Minneapolis") States "this meeting has been the saddest experience of my life"; wrong spirit at work since 1886 conference.

Ms 21, 1888


1888 pp. 176-181






1888/11/04 (Sunday)

Letter from Minneapolis to Mary White


Begins:  "Our meeting is closed. I have on last Sabbath given my last discourse."

• "hardest and most incomprehensible tug of war"

• "see how matters are moving at the great heart of the work" during "this emergency"

• "Elder Butler, we think, has been in office three years too long and now all humility and lowliness of mind have departed from him. He thinks his position gives him such power that his voice is infallible. To get this off from the minds of our brethren has been a difficult matter. His case will be difficult to handle but we trust in God." (p. 183)

Lt 82, 1888


1888 pp. 182-185


(Compare 1896/12/01 regarding light that she should have been kept at "great heart of the work")

1888/11/06 (Tuesday)



"The Missionary Work"



Stayed at Sanitarium for four months



3Bio, p. 452


Meeting in Tabernacle


Gave "a short history of the meeting and my experience in Minneapolis"

1888, p. 353 (before Sabbath sermon apparently 11/10)

1888/11/10 (Sabbath)

Sermon in Battle Creek


"Two elders visited me on Sabbath morning, and I was asked by on what I was going to speak upon. I said, 'Brethren, you leave that matter with the Lord and Sister White.'"

Date assumed from 3Bio p. 416 compared with 1888 pp. 355, 356



Transfer of A. T. Jones from Healdsburg to Battle Creek

Battle Creek College Board

Discussed "at considerable length"; chose Frank D. Starr instead; Smith and Butler both trustees

Ministry February 2003, pp. 6, 9

1888/11/13 (Tuesday)



"The Law of God the Standard of Home Government" (REMARKS AT BASEL, SWITZERLAND, APRIL 7, 1886)




Joint meeting of General Conference Committee and the Battle Creek College Board

Battle Creek College

To discuss refusal to hire A. T. Jones

Ministry February 2003, pp. 6, 9

1888/11/22 (Thursday)

Michigan State Ministers' Meeting at Potterville

EGW in attendance

through 11/27 (Tuesday); spoke 5 times; EGW left after speaking Monday morning (her 61st birthday)

3Bio, p. 417, 418 (from MS25, 1889); see also reference in 1888, p. 357

1888/11/23 (Friday)

Sermon at Potterville MI


"Let Us Go Without the Camp" NEED HIGHLIGHTS


1888/11/24 (Sabbath)

Sermon at Potterville MI


"Constant Attainment Essential to Christian Life" NEED HIGHLIGHTS




Battle Creek College Board

A. T. Jones

Recorded interview Prescott, Butler, and Smith had with him, since the 11/22 meeting, in which he conceded "the right of the board to determine what views should be presented", and assured them "in a very positive manner… if he should be employed to assist in the Lectures, he would not knowingly teach any opinions contrary to those which the Board desired to be taught…" Voted 60/40 to hire Jones as stipulated.

Ministry February 2003, pp. 6, 8, 9

1888/11/29 (Thursday)

Sermon at Potterville MI


"Failure to Comprehend Divinity in Humanity " NEED HIGHLIGHTS

RH1889/06/11; date of sermon conflicts with 3Bio, p. 417 re EGW location on 11/29; see next entry

1888/11/29 (Thursday)

Iowa State Minister's Meeting at Des Moines

EGW in attendance

through 12/05 (Thursday); EGW spoke 6 times

3Bio, p. 417 (from MS25, 1889); see also 1888, p. 360


Sermon at Des Moines, Iowa


"The Minister's Relationship to God's Word"

"We want to keep close to the truth that is for our times--present truth. We want to know what is the truth now. We claim to believe the third angel's message; we claim that the angel was flying through the midst of heaven proclaiming the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. This was the proclamation. Did you hear his voice? Did he speak so you could hear that message? Did the world hear it? Did the world hear any note? Did they want to hear? Will anyone hear it? Yes, those who have been walking out step by step as Jesus leads the way, and when the position of Christ changed from the holy to the most holy place in the Sanctuary, it is by faith to enter with Him, understand His work, and then to present to the world the last message of mercy that is to be given to the world. And what is it? It is a message to prepare a people for the second coming of the Son of Man. It is God's great day of preparation, and therefore every minister of Jesus Christ should have in his course of action, in the burden of his labor, a zeal and living interest, and intensity in his efforts which is appropriate to the truth that is for this time, which is claimed to be the last message of mercy to our world. Well, then, we cannot sleep, we cannot be indifferent; we must labor for the precious souls around us, of men and women; we must work with all our might, for the Lord is coming.  {1SAT 66.3}

1SAT 61.1 to 1SAT 77.1

1888/12/08 (Sabbath)

Sermon at Battle Creek


"David's Prayer" NEED HIGHLIGHTS

RH1889/12/18; see note in 3Bio, p. 423 (Lt 83, 1888) re change in next four weeks (see under 1889/01/05)

1888/12/09 (Sunday)

Letter to W. M. Healey


from Battle Creek; this is the man who had written Butler warning him of the "emergency" at Minneapolis

• "Elder Butler has been doing a work in the interpretation of the testimony and upon the inspiration of the Scriptures which God has never put upon him, and its influence was brought over to the General Conference in Oakland, and since then has been at work like leaven, and the very same prejudice and irritation of spirit that was upon the Pacific Coast in a degree we find this side of the Rocky Mountains. I was grieved and distressed when I learned that you had done the very same work others have done, stirred up the mind of a feeble, sick man, and caused him to look at things in a distorted light. In the responsible position which Elder Butler has occupied some have looked at him rather than to God. They have accepted his exaggerated ideas, and they have felt that they must, as he said, 'Stand by the old landmarks.'" (p. 187, 188)

Lt 7, 1888


1888 pp. 186-189

1888/12/11 (Tuesday)

Letter to G. I. Butler and wife


• from Battle Creek; 3 reasons covered for his rejection of light: (1) Butler's wife stated to have confused his mind and bewildered his judgment (p. 191). (2) He had a "spirit of warfare" against health reform (pp. 192, 193). (3) He had "a large amount of self" (p. 194);

•"I tell you the work God has given me to do has not suffered and is not likely to suffer half as much from open opposers as from my apparent friends, those who appear to be defenders of the Testimonies, but are their real assailants; who weaken them and make them of none effect. You ask, do you mean this for me? I do, my brother. I am sorry to say it, but I do most decidedly." (p. 194)

Lt 18, 1888


1888 pp. 190-195

1888/12/11 (Tuesday)



"The Inestimable Gift"; Begins, "We are nearing the close of another year. Christmas and New Year's will soon be here.... The most unspeakable gift which God could bestow upon the world was the gift of his beloved Son."


1888/12/11 (Tuesday)



"David's Gifts to the Temple"


1888/12/11 (Tuesday)



"The Approaching Crisis"; Begins, "A great crisis awaits the people of God. Very soon our nation will attempt to enforce upon all, the observance of the first day of the week as a sacred day."


1888/12/15 (Sabbath)

Week of Prayer Reading entitled The Scriptures a Sufficient Guide

EGW to Brethren Who Assemble in the Week of Prayer

Themes:  party spirit, self, need to investigate the Bible, need to be sanctified by the truth, need for love

Lt 20a, 1888


1888 pp. 196-202; see p. 365 re week of prayer

1888/12/15 (Sabbath)

Week of Prayer in Battle Creek and meetings following

EGW, ATJ, J. O. Corliss

Week of Prayer through December 22 (Sabbath), but meetings lasted a month; Article describing it in RH1889/02/12, "Revival Work in the Battle Creek Church":

"The revival services held during the week of prayer and since that time have accomplished a good work in the Battle Creek church. Elds. A. T. Jones, J. O. Corliss, and others took an active part in conducting the meetings. The principal topic dwelt upon was justification by faith, and this truth came as meat in due season to the people of God."

RH1889/02/12; 3Bio, p. 420


(Check EGW Diary re activities)

1888/12/18 (Tuesday)



"The American Sentinel and Its Mission"


1888/12/18 (Tuesday)



"Our Duties and Obligations"; begins, " A great work is to be done in a short time. There is power in the present truth; but Satan is working in every conceivable way to keep the light away from the people."


1888/12/20 (Thursday)

Evening (5 p.m.) talk with students


"Professor Prescott arose and attempted to speak, but his heart was too full. There he stood five minutes in complete silence, weeping. When he did speak he said, "I am glad I am a Christian."

3Bio, p. 421 (MS25, 1888)

1888/12/20 (Thursday)

Night talk at the Tabernacle



3Bio, p. 421 (MS25, 1888)

1888/12/22 (Sabbath)

Sermon in forenoon


EGW:  "The message the Lord has given him to bear has taken hold upon his soul..."

3Bio, p. 421 (MS25, 1888)

1888/12/22 (Sabbath)

Afternoon talk



3Bio, p. 422 (MS25, 1888)

1888/12/23 (Sunday)

Noon talk



3Bio, p. 422 (MS25, 1888)

1888/12/23 (Sunday)

Afternoon talk in the Tabernacle



3Bio, p. 421 (MS25, 1888)

1888/12/23 (Sunday)

Evening talk


"upon the love of God. Soul-stirring truths were uttered..."

3Bio, p. 421 (MS25, 1888)


Evening meeting

EGW, WCW, ATJ, Corliss

Diary:  "Attended evening meeting at seven o'clock. There was much arrangement made in the sanitarium, and a large number were not present because of this. It was for the benefit of the patients and helpers. There was a good representation of our people in the tabernacle...."


Reference to arrangment for the 12/25 program mentioned in Letter 5, 1888?

MS25, 1888

1888/12/25 (Tuesday)

Christmas Program in Battle Creek

EGW in attendance

Diary:  "We were kept in ignorance of the arrangements for the evening."

MS25, 1888

1888/12/26 (Wednesday)


EGW to Br. Morse

Diary:  "Arose at three o'clock. After a season of prayer, engaged in writing. Wrote twelve pages before breakfast."

Regarding the Christmas program of the evening before:

1. theatrics

2. kept people from Week of Prayer; message left out: "message for this time"; present to children measureless love

Lt 5, 1888 (19MR300-305)


See diary reference to 12/25&26: MS25, 1888

1888/12/29 (Sabbath)

Afternoon talk in Battle Creek


on Isa. 58, Sabbath, tithe and offerings

3Bio, p. 422 (MS25, 1888); is RH1889/02/19 article referring to this talk, as well as the specific reference to Jan. 5?

1888/12/30 (Sunday)

Evening talk at Tabernacle


on evil speaking

3Bio, p. 422 (MS25, 1888)



Looking Back at Minneapolis

Clearly a summary she made, still burdened by what had happened;

• "I had received a long epistle from Elder Butler, which I read carefully. I was surprised at its contents. I did not know what to do with this letter, but as the same sentiments expressed in it seemed to be working and controlling my brother ministers I called a few of them together in an upper room and read this letter to them. They did not, any of them, seem to be surprised at its contents…." (p. 208)


Ms 24, 1888


1888 pp. 203-229


1888/10/01 Letter from G. I. Butler to E. G. White:

• "...Another class of things [than "the work"] ... have wrung my heart, and worn out my nerve power.... The first point I shall mention is this matter of the law in Galatians.  ...[1] the way that this matter has been pushed... [2] your seeming attitude..." (p. 80)

1886 June onward "I had written you over and over again concerning it, and no notice whatever was taken of what I said...." (p. 81) [letters of 1886]

1886 November "I rallied after two months of sickness, and was finally able to go through that terrible conference we had here the last held in Battle Creek." (p. 81) [11-12/1886; cf. 1888, pp. 92, 93]

1886 winter and 1887 spring "I worked exceedingly hard through the following winter and spring." (p. 81) [1886-1887]

1887 April to August "My health was apparently good only I was exceedingly tired. Just at this point your letter to Elder Smith and myself of April 5, 1887 came to hand, in which you stated your attitude relative to this matter, censuring my course considerably. In my state of weakness I could not rally, but those nervous chills returned, and for some five months I was unfit for any work.... I did not finally overcome them until the month of August. I have never had any doubt myself but what it was sadness of heart brought upon me by the position you took that gave me that four month's sickness. I have not complained a word concerning it, and do not feel like doing so now." (p. 81, 82) [April to August 1887]

• "I have not, Sister White, been able to see the justice of your letter of April 5, 1887, and never expect to.... Though I never could see the justice of it, I thought I could obtain at least from it the blessing of 1 Pet. 2:19. I think I have obtained this good from it." (p. 82, 83) [1Pet. 2:19 For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully.]

• "...the attitude in which you place my efforts in this mater I cannot see the justice. I think that I have not been too sharp with Dr. Waggoner...." (p. 85)

• "... a brief review of this whole Galatians movement...." (p. 85)

[1] 1856? very early period:  JHW vs. some, esp. in Vermont -> Stephen Pierce visit to Battle Creek (p. 85)

[2] JHW not come to council; never change (p. 86)

[3] JW and US accepted SP's view (p. 86) [contrast p. 16, Stephen Pierce:  "does not mean the Law of the Ten Commandments (or Moral Law) merely"]

[4] JNA held a view about half and half (p. 86)

[5] EGW testimony was brought, weighed heavily in favor of the view held by GIB, US, JW (p. 86, 87)

[6] view was considered settled (p. 87, 89)

[7] 1884-1886 "opening up of this question":  "fraught with evil and only evil", "open wide a door for other innovations to come in and break down our old positions of faith", "break confidence of our people in the testimonies themselves"; responsibility "for the opening up of this question" (1) "rests heavily upon E. J. Waggoner" (p. 89, 90): (1) spring of 1886 visit California:  "at the Healdsburg College this subject had been agitated for some two years"; (2) summer of 1886 EJW's SS lessons (p. 91); (3) long series of argumentative articles in the Signs the same summer (p. 91); (4) General Conference discussion [fall] (p. 94); (2) "your son W. C. White is more responsible for it than any other man" (p. 94, 95); (3) "been forced to believe that your influence has been in some way, lugged in" (p. 95); (4) EJW came to 1886 GC Session "to fight this battle under the patronage of Eld. S. N. Haskell" (p. 95); (5) Brother B. L Whitney collected "little knots of brethren" for EJW to indoctrinate (p. 96)

[8] April 5, 1887 "now you censure me for having written a little pamphlet"; EJW had publicized his view in college, SS lessons, and Signs; now when I write pamphlet you say that for me to be right I must give EJW "the same liberty that I have taken myself", that "it is only fair" = "that language seem to me passing strange" [he had already had his turn!] (p. 98)

• My position not grant me the right to say something? They ("young men fairly fledged") have spoken and I can't? = "strange idea" (p. 92, 93)

• "My only regret ...that Eld. Smith and I did not just wade into them and show them up in the widest channels possible." Under Elder James White "those young men would ... have heard thunder around their ears." (p. 99)

February 18, 1887 "your letter to E. J. Waggoner and A. T. Jones is good."; "very much in place"

November 1887 EJW at the Oakland GC Session read "a long reply he had prepared of my pamphlet" to some ministers

• "The principle of order established among us [has been] violated. Now many new things have sprung up among this body." (p. 102) "boldness and self conceit manifested by our young men"; "This movement on the Galatians question stands at the head of the list. It is the opening wedge by which this deluge has been let in." (p. 103)

• "I do not believe that a few private words to E. J. Waggoner and A. T. Jones is sufficient to cover such a course.... I believe that this thing needs to be publicly rebuked." (p. 103)


1888/10/14 letter from EGW to GIB:

• Response to his letter of 10/1 [see also p. 208]

• " I fail to discover in your letter the right ring. I do not see in your expressions in regard to others the love and respect that should exist between brethren. If you think you can indulge in feelings of contempt for men whom God has been raising up to fill important places in His work for this time because you are the president of the General Conference, you do not understand your true position. We all need, rather, to encourage these men who are evidencing that they are bearing burdens in the work--even if they are younger men...." (p. 86)

• "...you are working upon principles that are not altogether after God's order. Your understanding has become confused upon some things. You must not think that the Lord has placed you in the position that you now occupy as the only men who are to decide as to whether any more light and truth shall come to God's people. The spirit and influence of the ministers generally who have come to this meeting is to discard light. I am sorry that the enemy has power upon your minds to lead you to take such positions. They will be a snare to you and a great hindrance to the work of God, if God has ever spoken by me...." (pp. 86, 87)

• "Shall not we, my brother, acknowledge that God in mercy has been raising up other workmen besides ourselves to devise, and plan, and gain experience? And shall we regard them lightly because they may differ with us, honestly and conscientiously, upon the interpretation of some points of Scripture? Are we infallible?" (p. 88)

• "I cannot be pleased with your spirit, Brother Butler; it is not Christlike. I am sorry for you that you have not kept pace with the opening providence of God. You have mingled your own natural traits of character with your work. Sometimes your spirit has been softened and melted with tenderness, but false ideas of what belonged to your position in the work has turned your mind into wrong channels." (p. 89)

• "You have special union with those who consider your work and your way of doing it all right. They seek your favor, confide in, and work to sustain you, while there are many who are far more acceptable than these men in the sight of One who is infinite in wisdom and who never makes a mistake, but upon whom you look with suspicion because they do not feel obliged to receive their impressions and ideas from human beings [who] act, only as they act, talk only as they talk, think only as they think and, in fact, make themselves little less than machines." (pp. 89, 90)

• prejudice and jealousy in his mind; not seeking to promote harmony and unity; unsanctified ambition, seeking to be first (pp. 90, 91)

• "not doing God's will in depreciating those who are fellow-workers"; "give them the same chance to obtain experience and to act, as you have had" (p. 91)

• "You speak of the affliction that came upon you because of the "way this matter (the question of the law in Galatians) has been pushed and urged by responsible men in the cause, and by your seeming attitude, which has brought me to my present condition more than any other one thing." I have no knowledge of taking any position in this matter. I have not with me the light God had given me on this subject, and which had been written, and I dared not make any rash statement in relation to it till I could see what I had written upon it. My attitude therefore could not be helped." (p. 92)

• "You speak, dear brother, of that terrible conference.... I was shown the attitude of some of the ministers, yourself in particular, at that meeting, and I can say with you, my brother, it was a terrible conference." (pp. 92, 93)

• "My guide .. stretched out his arms toward Dr. Waggoner, and to you, Elder Butler, and said in substance as follows: "Neither have all the light upon the law, neither position is perfect." (p. 93)

• "You have made grave charges against me in your letter sent to me at this place, but as yet I do not see their justice. I wrote to you from Switzerland [4/5/1887] in the fear of God. I was doing a work in this matter that was not pleasant to me, but I felt it my duty to do this work. If my letter caused so great consequences to you as five months' illness, I shall not be held accountable for it; for if you had received it in the right spirit, it would have had no such results. I wrote in the anguish of my soul in regard to the course you pursued in the [1886] General Conference [Session] two years since. The Lord was not pleased with that meeting. Your spirit, my brother, was not right. The manner in which you treated the case of Dr. Waggoner was perhaps after your own order, but not after God's order. The course you took was not excusable, even if his views were questionable. We must not crowd and push one another because others do not see just as we see. We must treat others with Christ-like courtesy, even if they differ with us." (pp. 96, 97)

• "You refer to your office as President of the General Conference, as if this justifies your course of action, which you deemed wholly right, but which, from the light the Lord has been pleased to give me, I deem to be wrong in some respects. The very fact that you are standing in a position of responsibility I urge upon you as the reason why you should show a forbearing, courteous, Christlike spirit at all times and under all circumstances." (p. 97)

• "Let no man feel that his position as president, either of the General Conference or of a State conference, clothes him with a power over the consciences of others that is the least degree oppressive, for God will not sanction anything of this kind. He must respect the rights of all, and all the more because he is in a position where others will pattern after him." (p. 98)

• Extensive response to his misjudging JHK


1888/10/15 letter EGW to GIB

• "There are some minds which do not grow with the work, but allow the work to grow far beyond them, and they find themselves tired and worn before they comprehend the circumstances. Then when those whom God is qualifying to assist in the work, take hold of it in a little different way from that in which these responsible men have tried to do it, they should be very careful not to hinder these helpers, or to circumscribe the work." (p. 108)

• "The weary, worn minds of all the older brethren do not take in the greatness of the work in all its bearings, and are not inclined to keep pace with the opening providences of God." (pp. 108, 109)

• "Much, very much is now left undone which should have been done, because men have held things in their own finite hands, instead of proportioning the work to a larger number of workers, and trusting that God would help them. They have tried to take all branches of the work upon themselves, fearing others would not prove as efficient. Their wills have therefore controlled in everything, and through some unwise decisions, made because of their inability to grasp all the wants of the cause in its various parts, and as a result great losses have been sustained. The work has been bound about, not from design, but from not discerning the necessity of a different order of things to meet the demands for the time. This is largely due to the feeling of Elder Butler that position gave unlimited authority. Greater responsibilities were pressed upon him and accepted, than one person could carry; and the consequence was the demoralized condition of affairs, notwithstanding he may have done the very best he himself could do under the circumstances." (pp. 110, 111)

• "The efforts made here to close every avenue to light and truth which is supposed to disagree with the opinions of some leading men, are very unreasonable. Are these men infallible? Has God appointed them supreme judges of how light shall come to his people? I answer, No." (p. 113)

• "During the Conference at Battle Creek [1886], when the question of the law in Galatians was being examined, I was taken to a number of houses, and heard the unchristian remarks and criticisms made by the delegates. Then these words were spoken,: "They must have the truth as it is in Jesus, else it will not be a saving truth to them." "Without me," says Christ, "ye can do nothing. " When finite men shall cease to put themselves in the way, to hinder, then God will work in our midst as never before." (pp. 113, 114)

• "The knowledge Brother _____ communicated to me at that time and since then in regard to your positions and feelings, has distressed me beyond measure. The positions and ideas also which are entertained by Elder _____ are of that character to lead you both to occupy incorrect positions, where it would be impossible for me to stand with you; and if you maintain these positions, I shall be compelled, not only to differ with you in some things, but to withstand your ideas and your influence. I was never more conscious of this than during the experience I have had here at this meeting. I have not the least hesitancy in saying that a spirit has been brought into this meeting, not of seeking to obtain light, but to stand barricading the way, lest a ray should come into the hearts and minds of the people, through some other channel than that which you had decided to be the proper one." (p. 116)





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1889/01/01 (Tuesday)



"The Present Crisis"; begins, "We feel deeply over the present state of the church whose members have long possessed a knowledge of those events which are to transpire near the close of time in fulfillment of prophetic history."


1889/01/05 (Sabbath)

Sermon at Battle Creek


referred to in article "Where are the Nine?" RH1889/02/19; also in Lt 83, 1888:  precious day; blessing in large measure; whole congregation moved; changed atmosphere from 4 weeks ago

RH1889/02/19; 3Bio p. 423 (Lt 83, 1888)

1889/01/06 (Sunday)


EGW to Mary White

Describing 1889/01/05 meeting

3Bio p. 423 (Lt 83, 1888)

1889/01/08 (Tuesday)

End of Battle Creek Meetings/ Revival


Tithe was repaid during this revival post Minneapolis

MS17, 1889 (Jan. 89 diary)





First of Tremont Temple Lectures in Boston; series entitled "Our Constitution. Shall It Be Preserved as It Is?" First lecture was entitled, "What Is the True Relation that Exists Between Religion and the State"

Tremont Temple Lectures, pp. 1-4 (LLU Library Heritage Room, # 3 6056 00276506 3)

1889/01/08 (Tuesday)



"God's Demands Upon His Servants"; obligation to share truth






Left Battle Creek for S. Lancaster, arriving on the 11th

MS17, 1889 (Jan. 89 diary)





Second of Tremont Temple Lectures in Boston; entitled, "The Constitutional Amendment"

Tremont Temple Lectures, pp. 4-8 (LLU Library Heritage Room, # 3 6056 00276506 3)

1889/01/10 (Thursday)

South Lancaster Meetings


EGW arrived early Friday afternoon; spoke 11 times; "in the early morning meetings I tried to present the paternal love and care of God for his children"; report in March 5 RH

3Bio, p. 417 (from MS25, 1889); p. 425; RH1889/03/05 (in 1888, p. 267)

1889/01/11 (Friday)

Sermon at South Lancaster


"Go Work To-day in My Vineyard"

RH1889/04/09; (3Bio, p. 425 says this was on Sabbath afternoon)

1889/01/12 (Sabbath)

Talk in afternoon


"freedom in present to the people the necessity of obeying the law of God. It is not enough to say that we believe." "many hearts were touched, and many souls were fed on the bread that cometh down from heaven."

RH1889/03/05; 3Bio, p. 425 (see note under 1889/01/11)

1889/01/13 (Sunday)

Talk at South Lancaster


"Is It Well With My Soul?" NEED HIGHLIGHTS


1889/01/14 (Monday)

Sermon at South Lancaster


"The Necessity of Dying to Self" NEED HIGHLIGHTS






Third of Tremont Temple Lectures in Boston; entitled, "The National Sunday Law Bill"

Tremont Temple Lectures, pp. 8-12 (LLU Library Heritage Room, # 3 6056 00276506 3)

1889/01/18 (Friday)


EGW to R. A. Underwood (cf. Lt 22a, 1889)


Lt 22, 1889

Lt 22a, 1889

1888 pp. 230 (22a begins p. 243)

1889/01/18 (Friday)

Social service 5-9 pm


"every one had a living testimony"; "I was not able to sleep that night until nearly day. The Lord had visited his people"


1889/01/19 (Sabbath)

Sermon in morning


"great power"

3Bio, p. 427 (MS 17, 1889)

1889/01/19 (Sabbath)

Sermon at South Lancaster (afternoon?)





Morning Talk at South Lancaster


"The Need of Self Denial" NEED HIGHLIGHTS


1889/01/21 (Monday)

Final meeting at South Lancaster?



3Bio, p. 428


Left S. Lancaster


Travelled 22nd to 24th to Washington DC

MS17, 1889 (Jan. 89 diary)


Sermon at Washington, DC


"Christ's Comforting Assurance."

Check whole:

"How often we have read over the description of Christ's baptism with no thought that there was any particular significance in it for us. But it means everything to us. It means that there can be no excuse for our living in alienation from God. You may claim much leniency because of your human nature, of your temptations and trials, and seek to excuse yourself for sin because of inherited tendencies, but Christ gave himself in behalf of humanity, and there is no reason for failure. Christ bore temptations such as you will never be called upon to bear. He suffered as you will never suffer. He knew all your griefs, he has carried your sorrows. He has made it possible for you to be an overcomer. Do not say it is impossible for you to overcome."

ST June 24, 1889

1889/01/26 (Sabbath)


EGW to R. A. Underwood

"The testimony I bore in that conference [Minneapolis] is the same testimony I have borne before and since that conference convened. The Lord imparted His spirit to me in a special manner on that occasion, ….  Again and again did I bear my testimony to those assembled, in a clear and forcible manner, but that testimony was not received. When I came to Battle Creek, I repeated the same testimony in the presence of Elder Butler, but there was not one who had the courage to stand by my side and help Elder Butler to see that he, as well as others, had taken wrong positions, and had misapprehended my words, and had false ideas in reference to my position and work. The prejudice of Elder Butler was greater after hearing the various reports from our ministering brethren at that meeting in Minneapolis. Elder Butler presented the matter before me in a letter stating that my attitude at that conference just about broke the hearts of some of our ministering brethren at that meeting." (pp. 252, 253)


Lt 3, 1889


1888 pp. 251


Sermon at Washington, DC


"Looking for That Blessed Hope."

ST June 24, 1889



The Discernment of Truth


Ms 16, 1889


1888 pp. 257

1889/02/02 (Sabbath)

Talk at Syracuse NY


in the PM

MS18, 1889 (Feb. 89 diary)

1889/02/04 (Monday)

Return to Battle Creek


from trip to Massachusetts, New York, Washington

3Bio, p. 417 (from MS25, 1889)

1889/02/08 (Friday)


EGW to R. A. Underwood


Lt 23, 1889


1888 pp. 263

1889/02/14 (Thursday)

Meetings at Hillsdale MI


From 14th to 18th

MS18, 1889 (Feb. 89 diary)

1889/02/20 (Wednesday)

Moved from San to Miller house



MS18, 1889 (Feb. 89 diary)

1889/02/21 (Thursday)

Talk at Ministerial Institute



MS18, 1889 (Feb. 89 diary)

1889/02/22 (Friday)

Trip to Indianapolis


there from 23rd to 25th

MS18, 1889 (Feb. 89 diary)

1889/02/23 (Sabbath)

2Sermons at Indianapolis


"The Open Door" and "Christ Should Be Our Counselor" NEED HIGHLIGHTS

RH1889/03/26; RH1889/04/16

1889/03/02 (Sabbath)

Spoke twice at Tabernacle


"necessity of religious in their homes, and of educating and training their children"; "necessity of thorough work in the home life"

1888 p. 269

1889/03/07 (Thursday)

Spoke at Tabernacle


no topic listed; 30 responded to call

1888 p. 270

1889/03/08 (Friday)


EGW, ATJ, Dan Jones

"in regard to the work to be done in this church. We feel intensely anxious that the church as a whole shall recover herself from her lukewarm state."

1888 p. 271

1889/03/09 (Sabbath)

Sermon in forenoon


"speaking from the fifth commandment. The Lord gave him freedom"

1888 p. 271

1889/03/09 (Sabbath)

Spoke in afternoon


"spoke to the people from Hebrews 2. I felt a solemn burden upon me for the church and urged upon them the necessity of taking up their neglected duties in their families. Home religion is needed. The congregation were somewhat stirred."; 100 responded to call

1888 p. 271

1889/03/14 (Thursday)

Spoke at Tabernacle


"Felt deeply over the condition of the church. The burden was heavy upon me."

1888 p. 272

1889/03/22 (Friday)

Committee Meeting


"said to them some very plain things in reference to the spirit that prevailed at Minneapolis"

1888 p. 272

1889/03/23 (Sabbath)

Afternoon talk

ATJ; R. A. Underwood

"subject of the two covenants"; Underwood: "questions ...bringing confusion and perplexity"

1888 p. 272

1889/03/28 (Thursday)

Chicago Meetings


through April 8 (Monday)

3Bio, p. 417 (from MS25, 1889); see also Kilgore's account in RH1889/05/07; see RH3/2/97 par 7 on how meetings themselves are not enough to bring Spirit



Diary Entries


Ms 19, 1889


1888 pp. 269


Moved from Sanitarium into a house in Battle Creek


P. T. Magan stayed with her sometime before leaving with S. N. Haskell on world trip

3Bio, p. 452; For God and CME, p. 29

1889/04/02 (Tuesday)



"Conditions of Acceptance With God"


1889/04/04 (Thursday)



"The Secret of Unity" NEED HIGHLIGHTS


1889/04/04 (Thursday)



"There began to be a break on Thursday"

3Bio, p. 428 (Lt 1, 1889 in 1888, p. 286ff); see also Lt. 85, 1889, in 1888, p. 277ff

1889/04/04 (Thursday)


EGW to J. H. Morrison (Iowa Conf. Pres.)


Lt 49, 1889


1888 pp. 274

1889/04/05 (Friday)

Morning Talk at Chicago


"The Strength of God's People" NEED HIGHLIGHTS


1889/04/06 (Sabbath)

Sermon at Chicago


"A Lively Hope"


1889/04/06 (Sabbath)

Sermon at Chicago


"Christ's Burden is Light"


1889/04/07 (Sunday)

Morning Talk at Chicago


"Compassion for the Erring"


1889/04/07 (Sunday)

Sermon at Chicago


"Christ May Dwell in Your Hearts by Faith"


1889/04/07 (Sunday)


EGW to W. C. White


Lt 1, 1889


1888 pp. 286



EGW to J. E. White (fragment)


Lt 14a, 1889


1888 pp. 292


Morning Talk at Chicago


"The Test of Doctrine"


1889/04/23 (Tuesday)



"The Duty of the Present Hour"; begins, "The present hour, involving our dearest interests, is an hour of momentous importance. Our rights as individuals and churches are brought into question in the agitation on the enforcement of Sunday observance."


1889/04/30 (Tuesday)



"Should Glorify God"



Letter "To My Dear Brethren"


Sarcastic remarks were passed from one to another, ridiculing their brethren A. T. Jones, E. J. Waggoner, and Willie C. White, and myself. ... There was seemingly a fascination ... in doubting and speaking and writing bitter things as the result of skepticism and question and unbelief.

Apr. --, 1889  Lt 85, 1889; (1888, p. 277)


Letter to J. Fargo


"Dear Brother Fargo: I have been reading the letter of Elder Butler's written in answer to the letter I wrote to him just before the Week of Prayer. In that letter he made the statement that the position I took at the General Conference nearly broke the heart of my ministering brethren, and he thought the wound was not healed and never would be healed. He stated to me that Eld. Goodrich and Eld. Fargo and some of my very best friends had made this statement to him." (p. 294)

"I write you these particulars that you may see if you have done all that you ought to do in regard to the removing the impression you and your ministering brethren have left upon Elder Butler's mind which have misled him and he was, poor man, sick both in body and mind, broken in mind, yet treated as one who was sound and his imaginings as correct as the mind of God." (p. 299)


Lt 50, 1889


1888 pp. 294

1889/05/06 (Monday)

Left Battle Creek


We left Battle Creek, Mich., May 6, 1889, to attend the camp-meeting at Ottawa, Kan. After a pleasant and profitable visit with our friends at the Chicago mission, and a lay-over of five hours at Lawrence, Kan., we arrived at Forest Park, Ottawa, at eight o'clock, Tuesday evening.

{1888 386.1}

1889/05/07 (Tuesday)

Kansas Workers' Meeting and Campmeeting

EGW, ATJ, J. S. Washburn

Workers' Meeting through May 21 (Tuesday); Campmeeting May 21-28 (Tuesday); report in RH1889/07/23 "Camp-Meeting at Ottawa, Kansas"; EGW arrived Tuesday evening.

J. S. Washburn's visit with EGW; she said, "EJW can teach R/F more clearly than I can"

3Bio, p. 417 (from MS25, 1889); RH1889/07/23




1888, p. 307


Washburn 1950/06/04 interview (WDF242, EGW Estate)

1889/05/07 (Tuesday)



"The Necessity of Connection With Christ"


1889/05/08 (Wednesday)

Early Morning Meeting testimony


"Wednesday I attended the early morning meeting and bore a decided testimony and entreated all present not to act over Minneapolis, and not to be like those Paul describes in Hebrews 4:2. I then entreated them to humble their hearts before God and put away their sins by repentance and confession, and receive the messages God sends them through His delegated servants."

1888, p. 307

1889/05/09 (Thursday)

Early Morning Meeting testimony


"Thursday morning I attended the early morning meeting and felt that I must be more explicit. I was led out to speak more freely in regard to the conference held in Minneapolis, and the spirit that our brethren brought to that Conference."

1888, p. 307

1889/05/12 (Sunday)

Morning Talk


"Picking Flaws"

Now brethren I want to tell you, when the Spirit of God comes into our midst, it will strike the minds that are ready to receive it. But if their minds are not open to receive it, they are all ready to pass judgment upon the messenger and the words spoken. In the place of coming to God and asking Him to give them a new heart and a new mind, that the transforming influence of the grace of God shall be upon them, they commence to find fault and pick flaws. It doesn't strike them, and it must harmonize with their ideas and they will stand right there until these things are culled out of the way, and they place themselves right there to judge. This is the way it was at Minneapolis. {1888 303.1}

It is because I know the very same spirit is here, and that we should not give place to it for a moment that I say these things. I know that while the Spirit of God will make impressions upon human minds the enemy will come in and make the most of any little thing that it is possible to make and the leaven will begin to work because the devil wants it so. Now brethren and sisters I want to place you on your guard. I want to ask you if you are satisfied with your coldness, your unbelief, your backslidings. Have you not had enough of it? If not, the devil will give you all you desire. We don't want any more.  {1888 304.1}

Ms 2, 1889


1888 pp. 302

1889/05/12 (Sunday)


EGW to "Children of the Household"

Highlights on repentance and confession [can this apply to us today?]:

"There were some ministers from Iowa who came armed and equipped to leaven the camp with the very same spirit that was so prominent in Minneapolis. Brother Jones had labored every day, speaking three times a day, but it seemed so hard to make an impression.  {1888 307.1}

"We arrived here on Tuesday evening [May 7]. Wednesday I attended the early morning meeting and bore a decided testimony and entreated all present not to act over Minneapolis, and not to be like those Paul describes in Hebrews 4:2. I then entreated them to humble their hearts before God and put away their sins by repentance and confession, and receive the messages God sends them through His delegated servants."  {1888 307.2}

"Thursday morning I attended the early morning meeting and felt that I must be more explicit. I was led out to speak more freely in regard to the conference held in Minneapolis, and the spirit that our brethren brought to that Conference. I felt that it was not enough to longer deal in general terms uttering truths which might be assented to, but that would not cut deep in the fleshy tables of the heart. The work to be done demanded something more than smooth words, for God would put His rebuke upon anything and everything savoring of the same kind of spirit and influence that was brought into Minneapolis--doubts, cavilings, playing upon words, turning aside from the close reproofs of the Spirit of God, and regarding them as idle fables and ridiculing and misrepresenting and quibbling upon words."  {1888 307.3}

"I related in the Thursday morning meeting some things in reference to the Minneapolis meeting." {1888 308.2}

[Lengthy review of what happened in Minneapolis, through {1888 315.3}; responses of Kansas Conference president and others confirmed what she had said: 316.1, 316.2]

"Thursday afternoon I spoke to the people, although I was weak, for the air was depressed. The word was received in just that way and in just that spirit that the individual hearers possessed. Those who were watching to find somebody to pick flaws in, whose hearts were barricaded with unbelief, thought Sister White did not talk with much spirit. Those who wanted light and truth were fed and considered the words spoken as from God. I had a long talk with young Brother Washburn, who opened his heart frankly to me."  {1888 317.1}

"Friday morning again I read some things before the people assembled, in reference to Minneapolis and the way my brethren treated the servants whom the Lord sent to them with messages of truth. Then several bore testimony in regard to their experience at the meeting at Minneapolis; and yet we did not seem to break through."  {1888 317.2} 

"Sabbath Brother A. T. Jones talked upon the subject of justification by faith, and many received it as light and truth. I spoke in the afternoon, and the Lord strengthened me to bear my testimony with freedom. Then there were many testimonies borne, testifying that they appreciated the light and truth presented to them. But it seemed difficult for those who had been dwelling in an atmosphere of doubt, to take the position of learners. They would quibble at little points that were of no consequence. The leaven that has wrought in Iowa Conference, was in our midst."  {1888 317.3} 

"Sunday morning I attended the meeting, and prayed and talked. I bore to the company assembled a plain, clear, sharp testimony, taking up again a solemn reproof against the sin of our doubts and unbelief; that in every congregation Satan had his agents right among us through whom he could work. Their natural and acquired abilities he could use if there was any chance for him to do so." {1888 317.4}

"Would God that those who acted a part in this work would have repented before God, after reflection, that they had seen that they were mistaken in Sister White and in their brethren ministers, [that] they had been as humble as Willie White and made as clean a confession as he did, broad enough to cover the wound he feared he had made. His course put to blush and shame those who have displeased God and injured their brethren in a most unchristian manner, which has involved them in darkness and perplexity, in which their own spirit and natural hearts have involved them.  {1888 324.1}

"You may be annoyed because I keep this matter before you, but happy will you be if you see this matter as it is, if your eyes are opened to see the spiritual darkness and corruption of your own hearts, and repent.  {1888 324.2}

"May 13. [Monday] This morning there was a precious meeting of confession. Brethren Porter, Washburn, and Wakeham, all have yielded their opposition and surrendered to God. Brother Wakeham's testimony was that he had enjoyed more of the Spirit of God in the last 24 hours than he had done in all his life before. He was getting free and rejoicing in the Lord.  {1888 324.3}

"Brother Porter bore a clear, free testimony. Brother Washburn also rejoiced in God. Oh, how grateful is my soul to see these, who have been enshrouded in an atmosphere of unbelief, now talking faith, now grasping the righteousness of Christ; and these who, ignorantly and in their unbelief, have let unholy thoughts and feelings into their hearts, and then grieved the Spirit of God, seek God while He may be found, call upon Him while He is nigh."  {1888 324.4}

Lt 14, 1889


1888 pp. 307




"Unfounded Reports"; regarding judgment passed to living

5T 692-696


1888 pp. 326



EGW to H. Miller

"The powers of heaven shall be shaken. Christ is coming in power and great glory, but His coming is not such a mystery as the things to take place before that event. Man must be a partaker of the divine nature in order to stand in this evil time, when the mysteries of satanic agencies are at work. Only by the divine power united with the human can souls endure through these times of trial. Says Christ, "Without me ye can do nothing." Then there must be far less of self and more of Jesus."  {1888 332.1}

Lt 5, 1889


1888 pp. 330

1889/06/05 (Wednesday)

Williamsport PA Campmeeting


EGW spoke 10 times; meetings through June 11 (Tuesday); trip to Williamsport in RH1889/07/30 "Experience en Route From Battle Creek to Williamsport"; more description in RH1889/08/13 "Camp-Meeting at Williamsport, Pa"

3Bio, p. 417 (from MS25, 1889); (3Bio, p. 431 says she spoke 13 times); RH1889/07/30; RH1889/08/13

1889/06/11 (Tuesday)

Rome NY Campmeeting


through June 18 (Tuesday); report in RH1889/09/03 "Camp-Meeting at Rome, N.Y"; but 1888 p. 337 says June 19

3Bio, p. 418 (from MS25, 1889); RH1889/09/03

1889/06/14 (Friday)


EGW to U. Smith (unfinished)

"walking like a blind man into the prepared net of the enemy"; "light is becoming darkness to him and darkness light"; "I have read your article in Review. Now there was no call whatever for you to write as you did"

Lt 55, 1889


1888 pp. 336

1889/06/15 (Sabbath)



spoke in forenoon

MS20, 1889 (diary Jun. 15-28)

1889/06/16 (Sunday)



in afternoon on claims of the law (is this different than the Wednesday talk?)

MS20, 1889 (diary Jun. 15-28)

1889/06/19 (Wednesday)

Sermon at Rome NY "Christ and the Law"


See file "MS51889.doc" for analysis. Very Significant on "the law and the gospel going hand in hand." (Dec. 1888, 1888 217.3) Other items:

1. "Settings"--new, different, false, true

2. "the framework of the gospel"

3. "men - trees - walking"

4. time of trouble - here is our strength:  COR

5. "Smith's articles in the Review":  "he doesn't know what he is talking about"; " discarding the claims of law"

6. "my husband understood""conversations with my husband"; "every fiber of my heart said Amen"

7. "How I long to see the tidal wave pouring over the people"

(This could have been on the 16th (see the 11th and 16th entries.)

Ms 5, 1889


1888 pp. 337

1889/06/22 (Sabbath)

Talk in Battle Creek


spoke in forenoon "with much power, and a deep impression was made upon the people"; EGW had talk in afternoon

MS20, 1889 (diary Jun. 15-28)

1889/06/25 (Tuesday)

Wexford MI Campmeeting


through July 2 (Tuesday)

3Bio, p. 418 (from MS25, 1889)

1889/06/26 (Wednesday)

Trip to Wexford MI


travelled 26th and 27th

MS20, 1889 (diary Jun. 15-28)

1889/06/28 (Friday)



"spoke with great freedom upon the righteousness of Christ. The people drink in this heaven-sent message as the earth drinks in the rain which comes upon it"; EGW spoke in afternoon on 1 Pet. 1:1-3

MS20, 1889 (diary Jun. 15-28)


Manuscript "Experience Following the Minneapolis Conference"


1. "most grevious trial of my life"

2. "stand, as it were, alone"; "stood nearly alone"

3. like Reformers treated, like her family treated by Methodist church; "hoped that there would not be the necessity for another coming out" (reformers became bigoted)

4. "from this time I must look alone to God"

5. "deifying of humans"

6. "the course that had been pursued at Minneapolis was cruelty to the Spirit of God"

Ms 30, 1889


1888 pp. 352-381 (compare 1904/12/15:  condition unchanged)




"Christ's Yoke is Easy"; NEED TO CHECK OUT

ST07/08/89 and ST07/15/89


Left on world trip

S. N. Haskell and P. T. Magan


For God and CME, p. 33

1889/08/25 (Sunday)

Kalamazoo MI Campmeeting


meetings through September 2 (Monday); EGW there when?

3Bio, p. 418 (from MS25, 1889)

1889/08/27 (Tuesday)

Saginaw MI Meeting


meetings through September 3 (Tuesday); EGW there when?

3Bio, p. 418 (from MS25, 1889)

1889/09/10 (Tuesday)

Colorado Campmeeting


through September 17 (Tuesday)

3Bio, p. 418 (from MS25, 1889)

1889/09/10 (Tuesday)



"Tithes and Offerings", from advance sheets of Sister White's forth-coming work, "Patriarchs and Prophets"




Remarks in the Ministers Tent


"The Need of a True Concept of Righteousness by Faith" (Counsels to Ministers, Denver, Colorado) ; see file "MS27, 1889.doc"



1. Home religion

2. Ignorant of what constitutes faith

3. Satan has nearly eclipsed the views we should have and must have of Jesus Christ

4. The commandments of God and the faith of Jesus are both important, immensely important, and must be given with equal force and power.

5. The faith of Jesus is not comprehended. We must talk it, we must live it, we must pray it, and educate the people to bring this part of the message into their home life.

6. Christ ... be the theme of contemplation and adoration

7. meditate upon the mysteries of redemption especially the mediatorial work of Christ for this time.

8. involves lifting the cross, has been lost sight of, and is buried beneath the rubbish of formality. It must be rescued and be reset in the framework of present truth. Its claims must be asserted, and its position given it in the third angel's message.

Ms 17, 1889


1888 pp. 429-436

1889/09/17 (Tuesday)



"Offerings for the Poor", from advance sheets of Sister White's forth-coming work, "Patriarchs and Prophets"


1889/10/18 (Friday)

General Conference Session opened


to November 11

3Bio, p. 431, 448


GC Session


At the General Conference of 1889, resolutions were presented in regard to the color line. Such action is not called for. Let not men take the place of God, but stand aside in awe, and let God work upon human hearts, both white and black, in His own way. He will adjust all these perplexing questions. We need not prescribe a definite plan of working. Leave an opportunity for God to do something. We should be careful not to strengthen prejudices that ought to have died just as soon as Christ redeemed the soul from the bondage of sin. 

Sin rests upon us as a church because we have not made greater effort for the salvation of souls among the colored people.... [Corporate Sin]

{SW 15.1 & 2}

1889/10/22 (Tuesday)

Article "Individual Responsibility in the Church"




1889/10/29 (Tuesday)

Letter to Mary White


In GC Session no dissension; light came at Minneapolis and during the past year highly appreciated; a number apparently stand where they did at Minneapolis

3Bio, p. 432 (Lt 76, 1889, in 1888 p. 450ff); see also MS10, 1889, in 1888, p. 447ff.


Ministerial Institute began


157 students; URS, WWP, EJW instructors, to last 20 weeks (5 months)

W. W. Prescott, p. 74




"The Excellence of Christ" (includes description of GC Session:  spirit of Minneapolis "is not here"; testimonies:  last year best of their lives; A. T. Jones, justification by faith, "feast of fat things"; other powerfully descriptive terms)

1888, p. 447ff (MS10, 1889)

1889/11/05 (Tuesday)

Article "God Warns Men of His Coming Judgments"




1889/11/12 (Tuesday)

Article "The Disciples of Christ Are One in Him"




1889/12/03 (Tuesday)

Article "The Need of a Deeper Knowledge of God"




1889/12/17 (Tuesday)

Article "The Duty of Paying Tithes and Offerings"




1889/12/17 (Tuesday)

Article "Christmas Address to the Young"




1889/12/24 (Tuesday)

Article "The Work of Preparing for the New Year"




1889/12/24 (Tuesday)

Article "An Address in Regard to the Sunday Movement"




1889/12/30 (Monday)

Article "What Was Secured by the Death of Christ"





1890                                                                                 Go to Top



Morning Talk



RH 2/18/90


1888 pp. 533


1890/02/03 (Sunday)

Remarks at the Bible School, Battle Creek, "Responding to New Light"



Ms 9, 1890


1888 pp. 536

(edited and printed in 1890/03/18 RH article "The Present Message", 1888, p. 545, but says talk 2/4)


1890/02/06 (Thursday)

Morning Talk "Open the Heart to Light"


"No one has said that we shall find perfection in any man's investigations, but this I do know, that our churches are dying for the want of teaching on the subject of righteousness by faith in Christ, and for kindred truths."

"O may we act as men who want light!" (p. 548)

1888 p. 547


(published 1890/03/25 RH)


1890/02/06 (Thursday)

Remarks at Bible School, "Who Will Accept the Light from Heaven"


"And when you go from this place, Oh be so full of the message that it is like fire shut up in your bones, that you cannot hold your peace. It is true men will say, 'You are too excited; you are making too much of this matter, and you do not think enough of the law; now, you must think more of the law; don't be all the time reaching for this righteousness of Christ, but build up the law.' Let the law take care of itself. We have been at work on the law until we get as dry as the hills of Gilboa, without dew or rain. Let us trust in the merits of Jesus Christ of Nazareth." (p. 557)

Ms 10, 1890


1888 pp. 549


(edited and printed in 1890/03/11 RH article "Christ Prayed for Unity Among His Disciples", 1888, p. 559)


1890/02/07 (Friday)

Remarks at Bible School, "Lessons from the Vine"



Ms 56, 1890


1888 pp. 561


(Edited version in 1890/03/25 RH article "Open the Heart to Light", 1888, p. 547, but it says "Feb. 6")


1890/03/01 (Sabbath)



Last Sabbath, I spoke in forenoon upon Christ's riding into Jerusalem. It made a solemn impression upon the full house. In the afternoon I spoke about one hour and I said just as straight things as God ever gave me to speak, then called them forward. The front seats back to the post were all occupied. Then the side seats, many of them, were filled. A number of backsliders came forward, some making a start for the first time. Leon Smith came forward, Robert Sawyer and many youth. We then prayed and then those who came forward bore their testimony. Robert Sawyer has started again to try, not, he says, in his own strength, but in the strength of Jesus, to be a Christian. This meeting made a very decided impression. {1888 590.4},

From this time I went into the morning meetings. I had a talk with Larson, then with Porter, but their minds are cloudy. The Lord gave me great strength, freedom and power to speak in the morning meetings.  {1888 591.1}

{1888 590.4}, {1888 591.1} letter 3/7 to WCW



Vision/dream re covenants


Shown that "that evidences in regard to the covenants were clear and convincing"

See 1890/03/08 Letter 59, 1890; 1888, p. 604

1890/03/08 (Sabbath)



EGW:  "a most powerful discourse"; "testimony was unanimous that God spoke through him"

1888, p. 617

1890/03/08 (Sabbath)



"Now I tell you here before God, that the covenant question, as it has been presented, is the truth. It is the light. In clear lines it has been laid before me. And those that have been resisting the light, I ask you whether they have been working for God, or for the devil. It is the clear light of heaven, and it means much to us. It means to show us that you can not depend upon your own smartness and your criticisms, but you must hang your helpless soul upon Jesus Christ, and upon Him alone. God help you to see. God help you to understand." NEED OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Ms 4, 1890


1888, p. 593



Letter to Uriah Smith

EGW, Uriah Smith

Told him "that evidences in regard to the covenants were clear and convincing"

Letter 59, 1890


1888, p. 599

1890/03/09 (Sunday)

Sermon "The Spirit of Discernment"



Ms 2, 1890 (This is either a duplicate, see 03/16, or there are two sermons in one manuscript)


1888, p. 606

1890/03/09 (Sunday)

Letter to W. C. White and wife


"the position of the covenants I believed as presented in my Volume I [Patriarchs and Prophets]. If that was Dr. Waggoner's position then he had the truth. We hope in God."

Letter 82, 1890


1888, p. 617

1890/03/10 (Monday)

Letter to W. C. White and wife


(1) "I am much pleased to learn that Professor Prescott is giving the same lessons in his class to the students that Brother Waggoner has been giving. He is presenting the covenants."

(2) "Since I made the statement last Sabbath that the view of the covenants as it had been taught by Brother Waggoner was truth, it seems that great relief has come to many minds."

Letter 30, 1890


1888, p. 623

1890/03/10 (Monday)

Letter to W. A. Colcord


"Elder Butler and Elder Smith are men who, had they been where God would have had them, would have stood by my side to help me in place of hindering me in the work which the Lord has given me to do. Those who have not had the experience and the light that these men have had are only accountable for the light which God has given them.

"But the attitude of these two brethren, their words and their influence, have created for me labor, one hundredfold more taxing than it would have been if they had stood in the counsel of God. But they have not done this."

Letter 60, 1890


1888, p. 620-621


1890/03/11 (Tuesday)

Article, "Christ Prayed for Unity Among His Disciples"



RH 3/11/90


1888 pp. 559

(from 1890/02/06 talk, Ms10, 1890 which has Feb. 6 date)


1890/03/12 (Wednesday)

"Meeting of the prominent ones"

EGW, others

EGW called the meeting. See list of names.

(1) EJW and SS lessons

(2) "Ever-ready evading of the testimonies"

(3) Review of Minneapolis

(4) Meetings in Battle Creek since Minnneapolis

(5) "My testimony had been made of none effect"

(6) Letter from California to Butler regarding plans "to drive the law in Galatians"

(7) Confronted Uriah Smith:  "ought to be the last one to hedge up my way"

1888, p. 627, 628


1890/03/13 (Thursday)

Letter to Willie and Mary White


See under 1890/03/12 meeting; NEED OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Letter 83, 1890


1888, p. 627


1890/03/16 (Sunday)

Sermon "Cherishing Faith, Not Doubt"


"a few words in reference to faith"

"very natural for us to foster unbelief" = "the besetting sin of God's people"

"not been natural for me to believe for myself ... in regard to myself and my work"

"ever since the Minneapolis meeting"

"God has been speaking to me as He has done for the last forty-five years"

"darkest unbelief", "miseries of unbelief", "path of unbelief", "every meeting where I have been ... a pressure of unbelief", "just as evident as it ever has been"

"all the filth of unbelief"

"never have greater light and evidence"

"God has been speaking and His power has been in our midst"

"works against the light and the evidences that have been presented since the Minneapolis meeting"

"when He manifests His power as He has manifested it, it is very nigh the sin of the Holy Ghost to disbelieve it"

"position of doubting and unbelief"

"body of darkness" "scatters the seeds of darkness everywhere" "unsettles the confidence of the people in the very truths that God wants to come to His people"

"God has raised up men here to carry the truth to His people, and that this is the truth"

"talk unbelief, and cherish it"

"preparation for the last great day"

"something beyond anything I ever saw in all my experience"

Ms. 2, 1890 (This is either a duplicate, see 03/09, or there are two sermons in one manuscript)


1888, pp. 636-641 (note that same sermon is on pp. 610-616, out of chronological order, and not referenced in table of contents; also given here a title not given on p. 636)

Note:  there are two Ms. 2, 1890!


1890/03/18 (Tuesday)

Article, "The Present Message"



RH 3/18/90


1888 pp. 545

(says, "Morning talk at Battle Creek, Mich., Feb. 4, 1890, but edited from Ms 9, 1890 which has Feb. 3 date)


1890/03/19 (Wednesday)

Letter to Willie and Mary White


More details on the meetings; NEED HIGHLIGHTS

(Mrs. Butler's recent paralysis mentioned)

Letter 84, 1890


1888, p. 642



Apparently left for Chicago


Before end of Ministerial Institute on 3/25; " I shall not leave for Chicago if it seems necessary to remain to help; but if it is best, shall go to Chicago one week from next Friday."

1888 622.4


1890/03/25 (Tuesday)

Article, "Open the Heart to Light"



RH 3/25/90


1888 pp. 547

(says, "Morning talk at Battle Creek, Mich., Feb. 6, 1890"; there is also a different talk, Ms 10, 1890, which has Feb. 6 date, but which was edited and printed in the article in the Mar. 11 RH)


1890/05/19 (Friday)

Letter to WCW


"A few days since Sister Butler was stricken down with paralysis and was unconscious for days. Yesterday a letter came that she is conscious, yet helpless. One-half of her is helpless. She cannot yet talk. Elder Butler must be passing through severe trials, I pity him from my heart."

Letter 84, 1890


1888, p. 642-644


(quote from p. 644)

1890/06/21 (Sabbath)

Letter to O. A. Olsen


"Satan had worked up matters so that my burdens and labors would be fifty-fold greater than there was any need of these being. Brother Butler has been at the foundation of it all, but he makes no confession and writes in the papers as though he were all right."

Letter 115, 1890


1888, p. 675-682


(quote from p. 676)

1890/10/07 (Tuesday)

Letter to O. A. Olsen


Regarding Uriah Smith and G. I. Butler:  "These men are and have been for years counteracting the work the Lord would have done to keep clear eyesight in the church and purge them from wrongs." "They are unfaithful; they do not work with the captain of our salvation and keep step with the providence of God."


"I consider the position and work of Elders Butler, Farnsworth, Smith, and numerous others, is to unsettle the faith of the people of God by things which they say but which they ought not to say, and things left unsaid which they ought to say."

Letter 20, 1890


1888, p. 714-719


(quote from p. 715 and 717)

1890/10/31 (Friday)

Ministerial Institute

Battle Creek

Began this date, continue through Friday, February 27, 1891

Return of the Latter Rain, first edition, p. 425

1890/11/03 (Monday)



At Salamanca, NY



Ms 40, 1890


1888, p. 917ff

(recorded in March 1891)





See diary entries starting 11/20; this day in New York City [focus is on publishing ministry]

21MR446.1 (Ms 29, 1890)





See diary entries; "men who are placed in positions of responsibility are not to betray sacred trusts. I have a message for you to those who are serving self" (447.1) "God desires the pure gospel to be preached to His people. Selfishness will appear in many ways." (447.4) "An independent, self-sufficient spirit has been coming into our publishing house in Battle Creek." (447.5) "Who has carried the burden of the work during the years of its existence? Who has practiced self-denial and self-sacrifice? The Lord made a place for His staunch servants, whose voices have been heard in warning." (449.2)

21MR446.2 to 449.2 (Ms 29, 1890)





See diary entries; this day in Brooklyn; "Many of these expressed their desire to be clothed with the garments of Christ. It was evident that the Spirit of the Lord was making deep impressions on the minds of all present." (450.4) "This was a precious day to our souls, a season long to be remembered, never, never to be forgotten." (450.5)

21MR449.3 to 450.5 (Ms 29, 1890)

1890/11/24 (Monday)



See diary entries; "why they were advised by conference presidents and canvassing agents not to canvass for The Great Controversy and Patriarchs and Prophets." (451.2) "God's messengers speak words that are truth, but men do not want to accept them. False waymarks will be made. Signboards pointing in the wrong direction will be set up. Men connected with the publishing house will form a ring, the members of which will voice the works spoken by one another." (453.2) "It is not enough for them to assent to the truth. The question is, Are they sanctified through the truth? Is the truth brought into the inmost sanctuary of the soul?"  (453.3) "The principles designed by Jehovah to control the work have been departed from. Self has been woven into the work."  (454.1) "There is a lifting up of self. Too much confidence is shown in what man can do, and too little in what God can do, and therefore man's wisdom has become foolishness."  (454.3) "The consecration, the vital piety and humility which God requires, does not exist. Self is exalted, and Jesus, the blessed and only Potentate, the Mediator between God and man, does not work with them. Satan's insinuations are credited, and God's plain command in regard to mercy and tender compassion is ignored." (455.1) MORE THAN PUBLISHING WORK: "Those who are handling sacred things in the publishing institutions and in every branch of God's work are invited to enter the work prepared to put forth the highest powers of their mental and moral energies. They are continually to study, not the will of man, but the will of God. His grace must be revealed in all their work, of whatever kind and degree it may be. Every day the proud heart must be humbled before God, lest He humble it. The success of the work will be proportionate to the consecration, self-denial, and self-sacrifice which is blended with it."  (455.2) "I was instructed that the Lord's will is not being done by the men in the office who grasp such large wages. Things are taking a mold decidedly contrary to the principles upon which the publishing work was established. Serious mistakes have been made in exalting business above the service and worship of God." (21MR 455.3) "We see home relations neglected. We see broken-down family altars. We see the first love left, the religion of Christ expelled from the soul, to give place to constantly increasing speculations. Men are leaving God and heaven out of their reckoning. It is regarded as a waste of time to search the heart. The Bible is neglected. A multitude of cares over-balance the truth in the heart, and the spiritual eyesight is blinded. They need the heavenly anointing, oh, so much" (456.1)

21MR450.6 to 456.1 (Ms 29, 1890)

1890/11/25 (Tuesday)

Letter to US


"You were a man like Elder Butler, - would not confess a wrong step but would make many more wrong steps to justify your first wrong step, when, if you would overcome that stubbornness that is ingrained into your life and character, the power of God would make you a man of efficiency to the very close of time. But unless you become a new bottle, the wine of light and the power of the grace of God could not come to you."

Letter 73, 1890


1888, p. 732-734


(quote from p. 733)

1890/12/06 (Sabbath)

Letter to WCW, JEW, and wife


"I have loved Brother Smith next to my own husband and children, because he has had a part in the work for so many years. I have highly esteemed Elder Butler. But these men have left me alone--these men, to whom the Lord has spoken several times that they should stand united with my husband and myself in closest union till the close of time. They have caused me such sadness and grief of spirit as I cannot describe. I felt my husband's death, oh, how keenly God alone knows, but I have felt the cruel course of these men toward the work of God He has given me to do, more keenly than the death of my husband."

Letter 109, 1890


1888, p. 735-742


(quote from p. 741)


Letter to O. A. Olsen


Spoke of meetings in Danvers, Massachusetts, also at Lynn.

"When I see how much the Spirit of God is needed, and how much it is appreciated, I feel wholly reconciled to visit these places. I am treated by the people with respect and confidence. After the severe trials and hard labor I have undergone in Battle Creek, only to be met with a refusal to receive the message, this spirit refreshes my soul. I have a deep-seated conviction that my work is not to be one of perpetual conflict, that the Lord does not call upon me to brace and push for every inch done. The men who should have held up my hands in the work have been laboring to the best of their ability to weaken and discourage me. My strength has been spent in beating against the walls of wicked prejudice and opposition. They do not see and understand, and I fear sometimes they never will. "{1888 744.3}

"Time and time again the Lord has longed to communicate His Spirit in rich measure, but there was no place for it to rest. It was not recognized or valued. The blindness of mind, the hardness of hearts interpreted it as something of which they should be afraid. Some hidden evil lurks in the heart to hinder the manifestation of the power of God, and His Spirit cannot descend."  {1888 745.1}

"When the leaders cease to obstruct the way, the work of God will progress in Battle Creek. The missionary spirit will revive and the church will act in the sense of her obligation to God and the world. In the highest sense God's people will be missionaries." {1888 745.2}

"Again and again the Lord has sent His Spirit to change the attitude of His people by infusing into the church a living, working principle. But unconsecrated elements have been at work, and the church has been rocked to sleep in the cradle of carnal security. The God of Israel has opened the windows of heaven and sent to the world rich floods of light, but that light has been rejected. The spirit manifested in Battle Creek has been the spirit of many churches. The power of God, the rich grace He longs to bestow, is not desired unless men can themselves mark out the way in which God shall work. " {1888 746.1}

"But I speak not my own words when I say that God's Spirit will pass by those who have had their day of test and opportunity, but who have not distinguished the voice of God or appreciated the movings of His Spirit. Then thousands in the eleventh hour will see and acknowledge the truth.... These conversions to truth will be made with a rapidity that will surprise the church, and God's name alone will be glorified."  {1888 747.2}

1888 p. 743.1 through 749.1; Letter 43, 1890



Meeting in Washington

EGW; J. S. Washburn

"Spoke eight times with perfect freedom", beginning on Sabbath (12/20), and ending the Sabbath following (12/27). "Every meeting seemed to increase in interest"; burden for Washington, DC; wrong spirit in Battle Creek

1888 p. 861; see also p. 766 (MS 53, 1890)

1890/12/23 (Tuesday)

Article Be Zealous and Repent


Unbelief in evidences God gives; will not see; refused to receive the message; God's grace and "the unrepressed tide of his love"; "infinite treasures of truth"; "vast resources"; "fulness of the sacrifice"; but many were "refusing his messengers and his message", "entirely unlike the spirit of Christ"; "a message to arouse his people"; but "contempt and reproach on the message and the messenger"; "power which lightens the earth"--"brace themselves to resist it"; "one subject will swallow up every other,--Christ our righteousness"

Review and Herald - Extra, 12/23/1890 (in 1888, pp. 764, 765)

1890/12/27 (Sabbath)

Meeting at Battle Creek

Prescott, Smith

"Wonderful meeting similar to those we had in Brooklyn, Danvers, and in Washington." EGW not present. Read EXTRA in the R&H 12/23/1890; deep impression; "Professor Prescott made a confession dating back to Minneapolis, and this made a deep impression. He wept much. Elder Smith said the testimony meant him; ... but he stopped there and went no further." "They said they had never had such a meeting in Battle Creek...." [MORE DESCRIPTION P. 862ff]

Lt 32, 1891


1888 pp. 850-853


(see p. 861 for reference to Washington and Danvers meetings)


Meeting in Washington


Eighth meeting; "a most blessed, powerful meeting on the last Sabbath"

1888 p. 861


Baltimore visit


"in a small hall with much freedom"; "very sick with heart difficulty"

1888 p. 861

1890/12/30 (Tuesday)

Arrival in Battle Creek


"The Lord sent me here" [to continue the work that had started in the 12/27 meeting:  "the work must be carried on, for it was just begun"]; "that threatened difficulty of the heart did not trouble me at all after we reached Battle Creek"

1888 p. 861, 863, 851


Sleepless night


"Elder Smith's case was weighing heavily upon me. I was working with him, pleading with God...."

"In great agony of soul all night for Elder Smith. It seemed to me that unless he made confessions now he never would come to the light." "the spell that had so long held him from taking right positions"

1888 p. 851




1888 p. 861

1890/12/31 (Wednesday)

Letter to US


"A lack of faith in the messages God has given me to bear of the order represented is decided unbelief to all intents and purposes. There is not one bit of savor in such a faith, and the faith of Elder Butler is of the same order, valueless, having no savor, I count nothing upon you or him to harmonize with me in my work given me of God."

Letter 40, 1890


1888, p. 790-801


(quote from pp. 795, 796)


1891                                                                                  Go to Top


Joined faculty at Battle Creek College

P. T. Magan


For God and CME, p. 55, 56

1891/01/02 (Friday)

Talk at Battle Creek


"Gave some account of the working of the Spirit of God with me in the meetings which I had attended." "Special meeting of deep interest after I had spoken." "Many excellent testimonies." [ADD P. 862]

1888 p. 851

1891/01/03 (Sabbath)

Sermon at Battle Creek


Spoke from Matt. 11:16-27 re great light but not corresponding gowth; fully 2000 present [ADD P. 862]

1888 p. 851

1891/01/05 (Monday)

Talk with Uriah Smith


"Earnest, faithful talk"; "he had a very different spirit"; "was not hard and unimpressionable"; "the course he had taken", "the harm he had done"; "he said he wanted to come into harmony with the testimonies" [ADD P. 862; THIS SAYS SUNDAY]

1888 p. 851, 852

1891/01/06 (Tuesday)


EGW to U. Smith

"The feelings cherished by yourself and Elder Butler were not only despising the message, but the messengers. But the blindness of mind has come by warring against the light which the Lord designed to come to his people."

"You remember I said in the tabernacle before Elder Butler, yourself, and those present. I had things to say to Elder Butler, but ye cannot bear them now. It was this; his stubbornness and unbelief was sinful and God would bring his afflicting hand heavily upon him if he did not repent and have another spirit, and if he still held his perversity and stubbornness, he would come nearer still to him in affliction. And this he would do to the ones to whom he had given light and they had closed their eyes and ears, and confederated together to make of none effect the warnings and messages of light and truth for his people."

Lt 20, 1891


1888 pp. 846


(quotes from p. 846, 848)


Visit with EGW

U. Smith

"asked if I would meet with a select few, that he had something to say"

1888 p. 852, 863

1891/01/07 (Wednesday)


EGW, Uriah Smith, Brother Rupert, Professor Bell, others

"Elder Smith read the letter I had sent him' [12/31/1890 or 01/06/1891?]; "he went back to the Minneapolis meeting and made a confession"; "Brother Smith has fallen on the Rock, and is broken"; "he did weep" [ADD P. 863]

1888 p. 852

1891/01/08 (Thursday)


EGW to J. S. Washburn and wife

recounted events from 12/27/1890 meeting through 01/07/1891 meeting (see notes under those dates)

Lt 32, 1891


1888 pp. 850-853


Ministerial Institute


NEED DETAILS (see some from Diary Entry on 2/27)

3BIO 476.2

(see reference to this in Adventist Review 1/26/1989 article on Washburn)


Diary Entry


GET DETAILS; MUCH OF SIGNIFICANCE (e.g., "fear that there was danger of carrying the subject of justification by faith altogether too far, and of not dwelling enough on the law")

1888, pp. 890ff (Ms 21, 1891)

1891/02/27 (Friday)

Ministerial Institute

Battle Creek

Ended (began 10/31/90)

Return of the Latter Rain, first edition, p. 425

1891/03/08 (Sunday)

Related Salamanca Vision


Impressed to arise and go to the early morning meeting and relate the Salamanca vision

3BIO 479.1; Return of the Latter Rain, first edition, p. 439


Our Duty to the Colored People


Read to 30 leaders of the SDA Church at the GC Session

"After my severe illness one year ago, many things which the Lord had presented to me seemed lost to my mind, but they have since been repeated. I know that which I now speak will bring me into conflict. This I do not covet, for the conflict has seemed to be continuous of late years; but I do not mean to live a coward or die a coward, leaving my work undone. I must follow in my Master's footsteps. It has become fashionable to look down upon the poor, and upon the colored race in particular. But Jesus, the Master, was poor, and He sympathizes with the poor, the discarded, the oppressed, and declares that every insult shown to them is as if shown to Himself. I am more and more surprised as I see those who claim to be children of God possessing so little of the sympathy, tenderness, and love which actuated Christ. Would that every church, North and South, were imbued with the spirit of our Lord's teaching.  "

{SW 9.1}; {SW 10.4}


Manuscript "The Vision at Salamanca"


"The prejudices and opinions that prevailed at Minneapolis are not dead by any means. The seeds there sown are ready to spring into life and bear a like harvest, because the roots are still left. The tops have been cut off, but the roots are not dead, and will bear their unholy fruit, to poison the perception and blind the understanding of those you connect with, in regard to the messengers and messages that God sends. When you destroy the root of bitterness by thorough confession, then you will see light in God's light. Only study the Word of God with a purpose. You need to do this. Do not study with a purpose to confirm your ideas, but bring your ideas to the Bible to be trimmed, condemned or approved in the light of the Old and New Testaments. Make God and your Bible your constant companions. Study the Testimonies with the same purpose, with much prayer."

1888 p. 942.1 (Ms. 40, 1890) [this Ms 40 is listed as 11/3/1890 in index of Ms, but as 3/1891 in 1888 Materials TOC]; see RLRChap17b.docx for list of Salamanca vision references


General Conference Session

Battle Creek

Began (29th Session), till March 25

Return of the Latter Rain, first edition, p. 436; also {April 13, 1891 N/A, GCDB 251.1}

1891/03/07 (Sabbath)



To GC, in afternoon (unable three times to recount the Salamanca vision)

Return of the Latter Rain, first edition, p. 436

1891/03/08 (Sunday)



Early morning, after angel awakened her at 3 a.m., recounting Salamanca vision

Return of the Latter Rain, first edition, p. 439-442


General Conference Session

Battle Creek


{April 13, 1891 N/A, GCDB 251.1}


Vote to ask EGW to go visit Australia

Board of Foreign Missions

3. That Whereas, In our judgment it would be a great blessing to the cause in Australia and adjacent colonies for Sister White to visit that field; therefore, -   {April 13, 1891 N/A, GCDB 256.38}

Resolved, That we hereby invite her to do so, as soon as the coming autumn, if her own judgment, and the light she may have in the matter shall be in accordance with this request; it being understood that W. C. White shall accompany her on this visit.   {April 13, 1891 N/A, GCDB 256.39}

{April 13, 1891 N/A, GCDB 256.38} & {April 13, 1891 N/A, GCDB 256.39} = dates published; date of action not clear


Letter to Brother Chapman


Regarding his views of nature of Holy Spirit and 144,000, and importance of unity

14MR 175-180 (entire letter); Letter 7, 1891


Letter to O. A. Olsen


"In order to have better opportunities in the future, they must improve the opportunities they have already had, yield to the Spirit of God, and heed the voice from heaven, giving prompt obedience from willing hearts. God will not be trifled with. The sin committed in what took place at Minneapolis remains on the record books of heaven, registered against the names of those who resisted light; and it will remain upon the record until full confession is made and the transgressors stand in full humility before God."

1888 p. 1031.1

1891/09/05 (Sabbath)

Sermon at Lansing Michigan


"It Is Not for You to Know the Times and the Seasons"; makes statement, "You will not be able to say that he will come in one, two, or five years, neither are you to put off his coming by stating that it may not be for ten or twenty years."

Printed in RH03/22, 03/29, 04/05

1888 pp. 958-963

1891/09/09 (Wednesday)

Letter to Uriah Smith



"Some have made confession, yourself among the number. Others have made no confession, for they were too proud to do this, and they have not come to the light. They were moved at the meeting by another spirit, and they knew not that God had sent these young men, Elders Jones and Waggoner, to bear a special message to them, which they treated with ridicule and contempt, not realizing that the heavenly intelligences were looking upon them and registering their words in the books of heaven. "

1888, 1043

1891/09/09 (Wednesday)

Left Battle Creek


Headed west, to attend camp-meetings in Colorado and California, and then to Australia

3Bio, p. 492

1891/09/19 (Sabbath)

Letter to Uriah Smith


"But the first position you took in regard to the message and the messenger, has been a continual snare to you and a stumbling block."

"The many and confused ideas in regard to Christ's righteousness and justification by faith are the result of the position you have taken toward the man and the message sent of God...."

"The Laodicean message has been sounding. Take this message in all its phases and sound it forth to the people wherever Providence opens the way. Justification by faith and the righteousness of Christ are the themes to be presented to a perishing world. Oh, that you may open the door of your heart to Jesus! The voice of Jesus, the great vendor of heavenly treasures, is calling to you, "I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed." But I will write no more. My heart is drawn out in love toward you, and my desire is that you shall triumph with the third angel's message."

1888 p. 1052.2; 1053.3; 1054.1

1891/11/12 (Thursday)

Embarked from San Francisco for Australia


On S.S. Alameda

4Bio, p. 18


Letter to SNH


"Never, never feel the slightest disturbance because the Lord is raising up youth to lift and carry the heavier burdens, and proclaim the message of truth. It has been at this point that Elder Butler has failed, and he is a deceived man, and has been making far greater mistakes than those he supposed my husband was making when he was with us. I hope there will never be the slightest encouragement given to our people to put such wonderful confidence in finite, erring man as has been placed in Elder Butler, for ministers are not as God, and too much reliance has been placed upon Elder Butler in the past. Even the messages and testimonies were made of none effect through the influence of the words and ideas of Elder Butler. This sin has not been repented of by some of our people, and they will have to go over the ground again and again unless they cease from man, and put their whole trust in the living God. The mould which has been given to the work through the influence of Elder Butler has caused the labor of many toilsome years that it might be effaced."

Letter 14, 1891


1888, p. 964-976


(quote from p. 975)


Arrived in Britain

J. S. Washburn

Began first 10 year stay; "unprecedented success attended his crusades"

Adventist Review 01/26/1989


1892                                                                                 Go to Top




"The Crisis Imminent"  some key statements:

"A crisis is to be revealed in the great and prolonged controversy in the government of God on earth. Something great and decisive is to take place, and that right early. If any delay, the character of God and his throne will be compromised." [ATJ quotes this in 1/31/1893 GCBD93 page 0073 paragraph 6]

"whole earth is to be lightened with the glory of the Lord"

"Sunday would be urged", "man of sin... take the place of God"

"a new light and life and power is descending from on high, and taking possession of God's people"

"rebuking every impurity, and exalting Jesus"

"gathering the sunbeams of the righteousness of Christ into his soul"

Manuscript 27, 1892; SpTA01b 37-40 (not in 1888 Materials)


Letter to WCW

E. J. Waggoner


EJW File


Letter to SNH


Per Ron Duffield:  "no less than seven times indicates that the light of Rev. 18:1 (the loud cry) had begun and was shining 'now'.  She encouraged Haskell to present this to others"

see file haskell.doc


Letter to EGW

J. S. Washburn

First letter to her during his 10 years in England (6 letters listed online until end 1901) Specifically about how to present the Sabbath; after 4 months of meetings:  "We thought we would not begin in the old way here so began with Christ as Creator in fact the central and one important thing in every sermon. We have not touched the Sabbath question yet directly, and now the Mission is thinking of sending two canvassers here to canvass for Patriarchs and Prophets and they do not desire to have the Sabbath brought out till the city is canvassed which means 5 or 6 months more. Our interest is very good. Sunday evenings our congregations range from 200 to 450. We are thinking of having real revival meetings getting people to come to Christ and choose His will and give up their way, so when the Sabbath is presented they will see it as a part of Christ and not an abstract doctrine.

Dear Sister White if you have any especial light on the way the truth should be presented here I should be very glad to hear from you as soon as possible." [See May letter to E. J. Waggoner in response.]

File JSWEGW18920429.doc




Ron Duffield:  "Jones preached these sermons May 14, and May 21, 1892 and they were printed in the Review from May 31, through June 21, 1892." quoting from Manuscript 27, 1892 (Feb. 18 q.v.) "on threshold"



Article in RH

Uriah Smith

Duffield:   "In an article printed in the May 17, 1892 Review titled, 'Present Duty vs Future Blessings', Smith cautioned his readers not to be looking for the latter rain and the loud cry as something that could be obtained 'now', but rather a blessing relegated to the 'future'. [contrast 6/25 EGW letter; rebuttal to Smith?]



Letter to E. J. Waggoner


Importance of unity; self dead ("his own idol, self"); "in their diversity of talent, yet unity in Christ, was the power of their usefulness"; "You must be minute men, all the time watching to make an aggressive movement, and not let the enemy pre-occupy the field before you are ready to act." "Moses descending from the holy mount, his face glorified by communion with God; the high priest reappearing from within the holy of holies; Isaiah fresh from beholding the Lord high and lifted up, the train of His glory filling the temple, never came to the people with truth greater or more precious than that which as messengers of God we have to bear to the people, the doctrine of the cross, the imputed righteousness of Christ." "Frequently when a congregation is at the very point when the heart is prepared for the Sabbath question, it is delayed through fear of the consequences. This has been done, and the result has not been good. God has made us depositaries of sacred truth; we have a message, a saving message, which we are commanded to give to the world, and which is pregnant with eternal results. To us as a people has been committed light that must illuminate the world."  {3MR 16.1} "We need spiritual power that we may take in, as far as the human mind can, the great subjects of Christianity, and how far-reaching are its principles." {3MR 18.2}

3MR 10-19


Rebuttal to ATJ

Uriah Smith

Duffield: "However, in the June 21 Review, Uriah Smith, the Review editor, also published his rebuttal to Jones' sermons.  Smith took the stance that the image to the beast was not being setup; that it was something that would happen in the future.  Smith seemed to take this same stance of placing events off in the future in regard to the Loud Cry and Latter Rain."



Letter to SNH


Latter rain now, not future; Ron Duffield:  "continues the same line of thinking as the letter she wrote him on April 6th.  She made it clear that the light is 'now shining', in 1892, and makes a clear reference to the latter rain.  This portion of the letter is published only in a Review and Herald of March 19, 1895 and later as 1MR 176.  Farther down in the letter Ellen White makes the well known statement that many people have read; that it is the privilege of the church to have the descent of the Holy Spirit (latter rain) 'now'.  Unfortunately, most people  have read this quote in Evangelism p. 701 or Last Day Events, p. 188, or even  RH, March 19, 1895, and none of these places give the full and true context to the statement.



Letter to G. I. Butler


Not extant?

MMM, p. 206


Six-part series of articles began


Ron Duffield:  "Haskell took this advise [from 4/6/1892 letter from EGW to hium] to heart and wrote a six part series titled, 'Watchman, What of the Night?', which was published weekly in the Review and Herald from July 12,  to Aug. 23, 1892." Regarding Loud Cry, Latter Rain



Letter to EGW

E. J. Waggoner

Acknowledging receipt of her "letter of advice and counsel" (see May); NEED DETAILS

EJW file


Letter to U. Smith


"I have had the deepest interest in Elder Butler. You know how he decidedly refused to listen to anything I might say, because he was deceived and blinded by reports that had no foundation in truth. You were influenced in the same way. Both of you have had evidence that the Lord was still using Sister White as he had done; this has had some influence with you, but not enough with Elder Butler to lead him to retract one thing he has said and done to counteract my influence. Now the Lord is acquainted with this whole matter. There is pride of heart, there is prejudice, there is resistance to the Spirit of God, and this crops out on every occasion where there is a chance." (1005)

"The true peace will come among God's people when, through united zeal and earnest prayer, the false peace that exists to a large degree is disturbed." (1014)

Lt 25b, 1892


1888 pp. 1004-1017


Letter to AT


"Avoid all impressions which savor of extremes; for those who are watching for a chance will seize hold of any words strongly expressed to justify them in their feelings of calling you an extremist. "

1888 1037.3


Letter to Uriah Smith


"Some have made confession, yourself among the number. Others have made no confession, for they were too proud to do this, and they have not come to the light. They were moved at the meeting by another spirit, and they knew not that God had sent these young men, Elders Jones and Waggoner, to bear a special message to them, which they treated with ridicule and contempt, not realizing that the heavenly intelligences were looking upon them and registering their words in the books of heaven.

     "The words and actions of every one who took part in this work will stand registered against them until they make confession of their wrong. Those who do not repent of their sin will, if circumstances permit, repeat the same actions. I know that at that time the Spirit of God was insulted, and now when I see anything approaching to the same course of action, I am exceedingly pained. The people of God have had an opportunity to see what is the work these agents are doing, and yet those who are opposed to the points of truth which they brought out will, if occasion affords them a chance, make it appear that they are not in harmony with them, as much as to say, Beware of what they teach, for they carry matters to the extreme; they are not safe men."

1888 1043.2&3


Letter to EGW

G. I. Butler

• Correspondence:  Mentions "my former letter expressing some sympathy for your afflictions"; [date uncertain] (p. 206)

• Depression:  "cannot truthfully claim any remarkable spiritual enjoyment"; "sad, heavy heart for years" (p. 207); "how I shall get our of my present labyrinth I know not" (p. 210); "a sad heart"; "prematurely old and do not amount to much myself" (p. 211)

• Belief/confession:  "our whole system of truth stands firm.... I have given up no point of it."; "I love God and the Saviour" (p. 207);

• Hope:  "I want the Lord to come"; "I still hope in God" (p. 207); "my only hope is in Christ"; "I hope yet to get out above this great trial" (p. 211)

• Assurance:  "whether I am ever so happy as to be saved or not"; "I may be deceived in this [loving God better than anything or anybody]" (p. 207); "I am a bad failure, perhaps altogether" (p. 209); "maybe I shall be lost at last"; "its seems otherwise. Yet it may not be" (p. 210)

• Accusations against me:  "great darkness which you and many of my dear friends are attributing to me" (p. 207); "contrast between my opinion of you and yours of me ... striking"; "your repeated assurances ... of my being in a very dangerous spiritual condition"; "saying what you have to me in the past" [1] "'moulding' the Cause wrong"; [2] "being such a 'clog'"; [3] "making your lot so exceeding hard":  "terrible blow to me"; "I thought I was doing the utmost" to "advance the work of God" (p. 208); "you should be one leading instrument in inflicting" "these experiences" (p. 209); "you have said some things that seem to me hard sayings" (p. 210); "regard me as being terribly in the dark" (p. 211)

• Confidence in SOP:  "still regard you as a true prophet" (p. 208); "give you credit for access to greater light than I" (p. 210)

• Defense:  "He cares for honest hearts"; "He knows I have sought to be faithful" (p. 209); if lost "I shall be lost, an honest man" (p. 210); "I cannot violate what seems to me to be the right thing to do"; "what you charge me with... I cannot make it seem to me to be so, and really it seems otherwise" (p. 210)

• Her reception of what he wrote:  "some things which gave you great offense" (p. 210)

MMM, p. 206-212


Letter to A. T. Robinson

Uriah Smith

View on law in Galatians undermined "the pillars of the faith", "vital to the existence of our faith"

Ministry, February 2003, pp. 5, 9



Letter to J. H. Kellogg


The character of Christianity is intensely practical. It adapts itself to every circumstance of actual life, and fits in with everyday trials in sympathy, and carries with it the divine credentials. Great truths are brought into immediate contact with that which are regarded by finite man as "little things." On one side is supplied the motive for purity and holiness, while on the other is furnished the grand, noble, principles for the regulation of the conduct and the well balanced character of a Christian.  {19MR 91.2}

     It was a whole sacrifice that was made for us, and it is a f